Seven-time NBA All-Star and former Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Johnson has signed with the Miami Heat.
After negotiating a contract buyout with the Nets on Friday, Johnson cleared waivers on Saturday and decided to join the Heat even though a number of other teams were interested in signing him.
Johnson admitted that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks had been his other two choices, but the 34-year-old had his heart set on playing for the Heat.
Heat veteran Dwyane Wade was unable to hide his delight at the fact that Johnson will now be a part of his team, and told reporters: “To put somebody on the floor that can shoot the ball, can score in different areas of the floor and make plays, just adds to what we’re trying to do.
“Joe is a friend of mine. I tried to do my best to paint the picture that this is a good place to be, and the decision from there is his. Make sure he sees my name in his inbox a lot.”
Johnson couldn’t have joined the Heat at a better time as the team recently learned that power forward Chris Bosh may miss the remainder of the season after blood clots were found in his left calf earlier this month.
In the 57 games he played for the Nets this season, Johnson averaged 11.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists.