The Utah Jazz have agreed to sign unrestricted free agent small forward Joe Johnson to a contract worth $22 million over two-years. The contract cannot officially be signed until the end of the NBA‘s moratorium period on July 7th.
Utah agrees to terms with Joe Johnson on a two-year, $22 million deal, per league source.
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Report: Joe Johnson Agrees to Contract with Utah Jazz
Johnson, a seven-time All-Star, averaged 11.8 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 57 games for the Brooklyn Nets last season. The Nets would waive Johnson in February, and he joined the Miami Heat for the stretch run. In 24 games with the Heat, he averaged 13.4 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Johnson helped the Heat to win their first round series against the Charlotte Hornets; as well as take the number two seed Toronto Raptors to seven games.
Johnson adds some additional scoring and experience to an up and coming Jazz team. His leadership can help the squad take the next step, and get into the Western Conference playoff picture.
Johnson has career averages of 17 points, 4.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game while playing for the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Nets and Heat. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Arkansas.
This contract is a bit of a pay cut, as Johnson was one of the NBA’s highest paid players last season. He started the year on the final year of a max contract he signed with Brooklyn.
Main Photo: NEW YORK, USA – APRIL 15: Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Orlando Magic during an NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on April 15, 2015. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)