REPORT: Joe Johnson Will Sign With The Cavs If He’s Bought Out By Brooklyn Nets
The NBA trade deadline has passed, and the Cleveland Cavaliers made one move, sending Anderson Varejao to the Portland Trailblazers (who was waived) and sent Jared Cunningham and a pick to the Orlando Magic for Channing Frye. However, just because the trade deadline has passed doesn’t mean that the Cavs are done making moves.
According to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, the Cavs are Joe Johnson’s number one option if he’s bought out by the Nets.
“Brooklyn Nets veteran swingman Joe Johnson is still very much in play for the defending Eastern Conference champions, league sources informed cleveland.com.
Should Johnson, 34, obtain a buyout of his $25 million salary for the season, Cleveland would be his next destination, sources with knowledge of the dialogue insist to cleveland.com.
A player who is bought out has to be signed with his new team by March 1 to be playoff eligible. Cleveland considered trading for Johnson last summer.”
With just 11 days until the March 1st deadline, the Nets have to make a decision on Johnson, who’s making $24 million this season. Johnson, however, is reportedly only worried about playing basketball, no matter where it is.
Aside from Johnson, Haynes is also reporting that the Cavs may also pursue Steve Novak, who was traded to Denver yesterday and was just released by the team.
Stay tuned for the latest on the buyout situation with Brooklyn.