Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Joe Johnson to sign with Rockets, report says

Joe Johnson to sign with Rockets, report says

Joe Johnson plans to sign with the Houston Rockets at the veteran's minimum for the remainder of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Johnson was already bought out from his contract with the Sacramento Kings after being one of the moving parts in Thursday's blockbuster three-team trade that sent George Hill and Rodney Hood to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 36-year-old has enjoyed a long and illustrious career.

Johnson was a former first-round pick of the Celtics, getting taken out of Arkansas with the 10th overall pick in the 2001 draft. In his rookie season, Boston traded Johnson to the Suns. Mike D'Antoni coached Johnson in Phoenix and might be able to get some extra mileage out of him. He averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Grizzlies while playing in the final season of a three-year, $18 million deal.

The sharp-shooting guard - who is 39 3-pointers shy of becoming the ninth player in National Basketball Association history to make 2,000 - has been totaling a career-low 21.9 minutes per game, averaging 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. He's a career 37 percent shooter from beyond the arc and it's rare to see someone fall off as quickly as he did. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he is 39 3-pointers shy of becoming the ninth player in National Basketball Association history with 2,000. If Johnson makes the difference in one playoff game, this signing will have paid off. This is a great signing by the Houston Rockets.

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