Joe Johnson, 37- years old, earning $24.9 million. Johnson was pumped after Deron Williams was bought out and waived from the Nets. last season, averaging 14.4 points per game, hitting 35 percent from three, and with a true shooting percentage per 52.3 percent right near the league average. In the playoffs, he averaged 16.5 points per game.
His massive salary, by the way, is the other key reason the Nets didn’t move Johnson — that’s a lot of money to move. Teams willing to take it on were going to want to send players and contracts back that were going to last beyond just one season. The Nets didn’t want to loose.
What they want is to get out of the tax and spend money on a few quality but not max players, not one superstar, that’s next summer. First comes a season where we will see what Jarrett Jack can do for them at the point, and if just re-signed Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez can stay healthy and take a step forward.