Joe Johnson has no intentions of retiring after this season. In fact, Iso Joe would be interested in re-signing with the Houston Rockets.
The Houston Rockets signed Joe Johnson mid-season after he was released by the Utah Jazz. With Johnson starting to show his age and Utah in the middle of the rebuilding stage, they decided to cut ties with the 36-year-old.
Johnson averaged 22 minutes and 6 points per game for the Rockets in the regular season. In the playoffs, Johnson averaged just 6.8 minutes per game, playing almost exclusively in garbage time.
Just last season, Johnson was one of Utah’s best players in the playoffs, averaging 12.9 points per game. In the first-round against Chris Paul‘s Clippers, Johnson converted on a buzzer beating layup to win Game 1. He repeatedly came up clutch, scoring 28 points in Game 4 as he helped Utah win the series in seven games.
Johnson missed a lot of games in the beginning of this season. Injuries and Father Time are starting to catch up to the once elite offensive talent, but Joe isn’t ready to hang up his sneakers yet. Joe Johnson told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon that he isn’t even thinking about retirement.
“Hell yeah, I want to keep rolling. I’m not even thinking about [retiring]. I would love to have a chance to win a ring. I thought we had a great opportunity, man. It slipped away from us. I want to go to a contender. I don’t want to just be out here playing just to be playing.”
Tim MacMahon confirmed that Joe is open to re-signing with the Rockets. In his 17-year career, Johnson is a seven-time All-Star and a member of the 2009-10 All-NBA team. Johnson really flourished as the leader of the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged a career high 25 points per game in the 2006-07 season.
Johnson has accomplished a lot in his career, but he’s still hunting for his first ring. Maybe he can win one as a member of the Rockets next season.