Joe Johnson will soon be a Houston Rocket.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski — killing the game lately — reports that once the seven-time All-Star is bought out by the Jazz and clears waivers on Monday, he’s coming to Houston.
The Kings buyout for Joe Johnson is complete now, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2018
Shams reported it moments later. These guys do not get it wrong often. This is a huge win for Daryl Morey and the Rockets.
Joe Jesus, a nickname Kevin Garnett gave him for his propensity to hit huge shots in the buggest moments, gives a needed boost of cojones to Houston’s roster. He’s only averaging 7 points per game, but he has not been in a winning situation or a free-flowing offense.
Johnson is a 16-year vet, but his career would be mightily different if it weren’t for Mike D’Antoni. He averaged 16 and 17 points per game his last two years in Phoenix, and the Hawks signed him to the richest contract in the NBA for a stretch as a result.
He might not get much run for the Rockets immediately, but he decided that he’d rather chase a ring with his old coach alongside the two best point guards in the NBA rather than with the Thunder, Cavaliers and Warriors, most importantly.
Johnson will back up and provide insurance for Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute and Ryan Anderson. He fits like a dream as a lengthy wing who can play better D than Gerald Green. If the Rockets’ two Hall-of-Famers are healthy, this is a title contender now, more firmly than ever.