Dwane Casey Played Major Role In Bringing Joe Johnson To Detroit

The Pistons won the Joe Johnson sweepstakes, signing the 7-time All-Star to a one-year deal. Many factors brought Johnson to Detroit, though Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press hears that coach Dwane Casey was instrumental in selling Johnson on the team.

It’s unclear what pitch Casey gave Johnson while recruiting him, though I’d speculate that he told the veteran that there is a chance to make the rotation among other narratives. The team has a need for a scorer on the wing, as we previously detailed.

The franchise had previously agreed to bring scoring forward Michael Beasley to camp, though the former No. 2 overall pick will no longer join the team. Ellis reports hears from a source that while Beasley could find his way onto a training camp roster, it’s unlikely that it will be in Detroit.

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Pistons, Joe Johnson Agree To One-Year Deal

The Pistons and Joe Johnson have reached an agreement on a deal that will bring the 7-time All-Star to Detroit, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reports.

There had been signs that Johnson would be joining the Pistons this week. Among them was his scheduled workout with the Nets that never occurred. Brooklyn will look elsewhere for its wing depth needs.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the deal is partially guaranteed and runs for one season. Michael Beasley, who was expected to compete for the team’s 15th roster spot, is the odd man out in Detroit, according to Haynes. Beasley had agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Pistons earlier in the summer but never officially signed the arrangement, as Bobby Mark of ESPN.com tweets.

Johnson is the first player to net a NBA deal after playing in the BIG3. The Nets, Sixers and Bucks were other clubs interested in adding the shooting guard.

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All Signs Point To Joe Johnson Joining The Pistons

Joe Johnson’s NBA book has room for another chapter and it appears that Detroit could be the place for him to write it. The 38-year-old worked out for the Pistons on Tuesday and Frank Isola of The Athletic hears that the team is the favorite to sign the veteran shooting guard.

Johnson was expected to workout for the Nets this week but that hasn’t occurred, a source tells Brian Lewis of The New York Post. Some of the team’s players get the sense that Johnson isn’t coming to Brooklyn. Brooklyn is staring at depth issues on the wing with Kevin Durant expected to miss most of the season, Rodions Kurucs likely facing a suspension and Wilson Chandler sitting out for the first 25 games.

As is the case if Johnson joins Brooklyn, Detroit presents him with an opportunity to earn minutes. The team’s guard rotation lacks a traditional shooting guard with size. The Pistons’ wing rotation lacks players who can consistently get buckets. If Iso Joe can recapture his part of old game, he’ll fill both voids.

Another Johnson-dot worth connecting is Arn Tellem, who is the Pistons’ vice chairman. Tellem previously represented Johnson along with a long list of players prior to joining Detroit’s front office.

Detroit is carrying 14 guaranteed contracts with Christian Wood and Michael Beasley expected to compete for the 15th spot. The team could give that spot to Johnson or make a corresponding move to rid themselves of a guaranteed contract either by trade of by waiving a player. Regardless of how the Pistons decide to add Johnson, it appears the 7-time All-Star’s last run has a real chance to happen in Detroit.

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Joe Johnson: ‘I Did Not Get in the BIG3 to Get Back’ into the NBA

Joe Johnson, the reigning MVP in the BIG3, says he didn’t join the fledgling league in order to work his way back into the NBA.

Johnson, 38, instead is using it as “therapy” after his mother died in February.

The seven-time All-Star’s lone regret—”the only thing that keeps the NBA fire in the belly”—is how things ended in Houston during his misadventure with the Rockets.

Per The Undefeated:

“I use it as therapy,” Johnson told The Undefeated. “My mom passed away in February, and being an only child, it was tough on me, so I just needed something to do to keep me busy. And the BIG3 was it.”

Johnson confirmed to The Undefeated that he was slated to work out for the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia on Thursday and that “a few NBA teams want me to work out.” He also is receiving interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and the Pelicans, sources said. After having a minimal role during his last stint in Houston, Johnson hopes to remaster his NBA ending next season.

“I am hopeful to get back, but I did not get in the BIG3 to get back to the ‘league,’ ” said Johnson, who is uncertain about playing in the BIG3 next season.

“I had a great career. I enjoyed the process. The only thing that keeps the NBA fire in the belly is how it ended in Houston. That just does not sit well with me. So if an opportunity comes along and I feel that it is worth it, yeah, I take that chance.”

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Joe Johnson Works Out With Sixers, Several Teams Interested

Joe Johnson of the Big3's Triplets

A number of NBA teams have shown an interest in NBA free agent Joe Johnson, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports, including the Philadelphia 76ers who have a scheduled work out with him tomorrow.

Johnson has been out of the league since 2017-18 but remained on the hoops radar thanks to his success in the BIG3.

Johnson averages 21.9 points per game for the Triplets, a league best and has showcased next-level range knocking down a total of four four-points this season. Yes, you read that correctly.

The 38-year-old swingman saw his production decline from 2015 to 2018, culminating in a brief stint with the Houston Rockets two seasons ago. If he’s able to transition from volume shooting wing to niche long-ball threat, however, Johnson could slip into a team’s rotation in 2019-20.

Spears reports that a number of teams in addition to Philly have shown interest in the veteran. Pelicans executive David Griffin was seen evaluating the shooter in the BIG3 star earlier this month.

In addition to the Sixers, the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets all plan to work out Johnson in the future. His BIG3 season will come to an end this weekend, when his team competes in the finals.

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