Joe Johnson Will Talk With Agent About Future With Nets


According to reporters covering Brooklyn Nets practice Tuesday, Nets forward Joe Johnson admitted he would talk to his agent in the next week about his future with the Nets and in the NBA, and possibly the pros and cons of a buyout.

Johnson added that he hasn’t requested and won’t request a trade from the Nets, despite the team’s dismal performance.

Johnson is in the midst of a tough season on all levels. The 12-37 Nets are the first team Johnson’s been on that won’t make the playoffs since the 2006-07 season, and Johnson’s overall scoring and efficiency numbers have dropped sharply this season. He’s currently averaging 11.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 34.2 minutes per game, and his effective field goal percentage (which factors the value of a three-pointer) of 45.6% is his lowest since his rookie season.

Johnson is in the final year of his contract, and will make $24.9 million this season. He would have to be bought out and sign with another team by March 1st to be eligible for a playoff roster. The trade deadline is February 18th, but Johnson’s massive salary makes it difficult to match him with a potential trade partner. The Nets currently do not have a general manager.

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