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The Houston Rockets will sign Joe Johnson after buyout

Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images
Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

The Houston Rockets plan to sign forward Joe Johnson after his buyout with the Sacramento Kings is complete.

The Houston Rockets sat pat at the trade deadline, but Daryl Morey is eating up the buyout market. The Rockets are expected to sign Joe Johnson on Monday once his buyout with the Kings clears waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Jazz traded Johnson to the Kings on Thursday in a three team deal that involved Cleveland. Sacramento has Vince Carter to mentor the younger players, so the Kings decided to part ways with Johnson.

The 36-year-old has enjoyed a long and illustrious career. Johnson was the 10th overall pick in the 2001 Draft by the Boston Celtics. In his rookie season, Boston traded Johnson to the Suns. In Phoenix, Johnson would play beside Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire as Mike D’Antoni coached one of the most high-powered offenses of that generation.

Johnson went on to find a lot of success in Atlanta and Brooklyn before bouncing around the last few years. Joe Johnson has averaged 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists over his career. In Utah, Johnson averaged just 7.3 points on 42.0 percent shooting from the field and 27.4 percent from the 3-point line.

Johnson is a great career shooter from beyond the arc. His low 3-point percentage this year is likely due to a wrist injury that caused him to miss over a month earlier this season. Joe shot 41.1 percent from downtown last year and he is just 39 3-pointers away from becoming the ninth player to make 2,000 in NBA history.

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At this point in his career, Joe is unlikely to play heavy minutes off of Houston’s bench. In fact, D’Antoni will have trouble finding any minutes for Johnson with a completely healthy roster. But Johnson can still make spot-up 3’s, and he is a proven clutch performer in the playoffs. This is a great signing by the Houston Rockets.