Add Joe Johnson’s name to the ever increasing list of Jazz players who are available via trade. Marc Stein of the New York Times says that Joe Johnson has been politicking behind the scenes to get traded. He could be a buyout candidate as well if the Utah Jazz don’t find a suitor or feel they’d rather keep the cap space that is freed up when his contract ends this season.
Veteran scorer Joe Johnson is angling behind the scenes for a trade out of Utah, according to league sources. Will be interesting to see if he becomes a buyout candidate for contenders should no deal materialize before the Feb. 8 trade buzzer— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 1, 2018
One has to wonder if Joe Johnson has felt this way the entire season. He signed with Utah because Utah had a playoff contender with pieces like George Hill, Gordon Hayward, and Rudy Gobert. Only one of those players remained after last offseason which probably put Joe Johnson’s playoff push type contract signing at odds with the Jazz’s current present. No Jazz fan holds any angst against Johnson if he’s requesting to get out. Frankly, this isn’t what he signed up for. Let our favorite hot yoga specialist find a new home that will buy him out or buy him out ourselves so he can get a chance to get a ring before his career his over.
We’ll always have this memory.