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Joe Johnson becomes first player to land NBA deal after playing in BIG3

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson spent a season in the BIG3 last year where he led the league in several offensive categories en route to an MVP award, and the performance was enough to convince an NBA team that he can still contribute.

Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons that is partially guaranteed, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Johnson, a seven-time NBA All-Star, played with the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz during the 2017-18 season before he signed with the BIG3. He averaged 6.8 points per game over 55 games in his time between the two teams. Johnson, who turned 38 in June, has averaged 16.0 points per game during his NBA career.

Johnson led the Triplets to a BIG3 championship, and he is the first player from the league to sign an NBA contract. There was talk recently that he was working out for several top contending teams, so he may have had options to choose from.

Report: Joe Johnson to visit with three NBA teams

Joe Johnson

After a successful BIG3 campaign, Joe Johnson is eyeing a route back to the NBA.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Johnson is set to visit the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, and Brooklyn Nets next week in a bid to return to the league.

Johnson last played in the NBA in 2017-18, when he split the season between the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets. He featured in the BIG3 league this season, where he was a massive success, winning a league title and an MVP award.

The 38-year-old, who has been linked with an NBA return for a while, would be the first major figure to parlay BIG3 success into another NBA opportunity.

Report: Joe Johnson working out for several top contenders

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson may have just parlayed his excellent season in the BIG3 into another shot in the NBA.

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated reported on Wednesday that the seven-time All-Star is currently in Philadelphia for a workout with the Sixers this week. Spears also said that Johnson is expected to work out for the LA Clippers, the Denver Nuggets, and the Milwaukee Bucks as well.

The now 38-year-old Johnson earned BIG3 MVP honors this season with the Tri-State Triplets, who are playing in the league’s title game this Sunday. He last played in the NBA in the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 6.0 points in 22.0 minutes per game for the Houston Rockets.

The BIG3 has been in the news more because of controversy lately, but getting one of their players back into the NBA would be a massive step for the league.

Report: Rockets will sign Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

The Houston Rockets are reportedly poised to add another weapon in their bid to dethrone the Golden State Warriors in the west.

Various reports emerged Saturday morning indicating that Joe Johnson, who will soon be bought out by the Sacramento Kings, will join the Houston Rockets once he can do so.

There were expected to be some high-profile suitors for Johnson, but the Rockets have won the race. It’s unclear how far down the road Johnson got in talks with anyone else. The 36-year-old wasn’t a huge factor on the Utah Jazz this season, but he did average 12.9 points per game in a primarily reserve role for them last season. That’s the kind of contribution Houston will be hoping for.

Ten potential NBA buyout candidates

Derrick Rose

The NBA trade deadline has passed, but we are far from the end of the player movement. It has become normal that a robust buyout market emerges after the deadline, as players who weren’t moved — or were moved to match salaries — are set free to sign with contenders for the minimum. These buyout players are valuable weapons for cap-limited teams in need of more depth.

Who will end up on the buyout market this year? Here are ten potential candidates of varying likelihood.

1) Derrick Rose, Jazz

Derrick Rose was sent to Utah as part of a three-way trade the Cavs made on deadline day. Reports have said he is likely to seek a buyout and receive one from the Jazz. If that happens, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been mentioned as a potential landing spot. He has great familiarity with his former coach Tom Thibodeau and ex-teammate Jimmy Butler, and is said to have interest in a reunion.

2) Joe Johnson, Kings

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Report: Warriors, Celtics likely to pursue Joe Johnson after buyout

Joe Johnson

The NBA buyout market is going to be an active one, and Joe Johnson may end up being its biggest prize.

Johnson was traded to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, but is expected to be granted a buyout. Once he does, the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will reportedly be in pursuit.

Johnson still has a good bit left to give. His role with the Utah Jazz had been reduced this season, but he’s still shooting 42 percent from the field. His three point shooting has tanked, but a change of scenery may be just what he needs.

Report: Cavs get Rodney Hood, George Hill in trade involving Derrick Rose

The Cleveland Cavaliers completely overhauled their backcourt at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, and Derrick Rose is on his way out of town in addition to Isaiah Thomas.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs acquired guards Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-way trade with the Jazz and Kings. Rose and Jae Crowder are heading to Utah, and Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert are being sent to Sacramento.

But that’s not all. The Cavs are also trading Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat.

The news came almost immediately after the Cavs traded Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Cleveland has had serious chemistry problems this season, and they are clearer determined to get younger for the stretch run.