The Cavs targeting of the recently bought out Joe Johnson came to an abrupt end Friday afternoon after he committed to join the Miami Heat. It's the second time a prominent free agent has chosen South Beach over the shores of Lake Erie, though this decision's impact on the Cavs shouldn't be quite so severe. It is a disappointing result after the Cavs transparently sought the services of the seven time All-Star.
Free agent Joe Johnson has committed to a deal with the Miami Heat after he clears waivers, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 26, 2016
Presumably Johnson thinks he will be able to have a larger role in Miami than he would have with the Cavs. The Cavs are thin on the wing, so it's possible, maybe even probable that he would have had a rotation spot in Cleveland, but Johnson may want more time before free agency this summer. Johnson would have helped the Cavs had he been able to outplay Richard Jefferson or spend some time guarding power forwards. He's been a good three point shooter in his career and might have benefitted from playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
It's all academic now.