Report: Nets and Grizzlies Discussed a Joe Johnson Trade

by June 29, 2015

The Brooklyn Nets continue with their efforts to unload Joe Johnson and his giant contract—recent trade talks with the Memphis Grizzlies reportedly went nowhere, however.

Johnson, 34, is owed $24.9 million in the final year of his current deal.

The Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons have also reportedly inquired about the former All-Star guard’s availability.


The Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies recently discussed a potential trade to send former All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson to Memphis, according to league sources. […] The teams could not find a workable deal and have tabled discussions, but sources said that the Nets were encouraged enough in general to believe that they will ultimately find a trade taker for Johnson’s mammoth contract, which only has one season left to run but at a massive $24.9 million in 2015-16.


The Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons are among the other teams, like Memphis, to register exploratory interest in Johnson in recent months, but trades made recently by both teams — with the Hornets acquiring Nicolas Batum from Portland and the Pistons nabbing Ersan Ilyasova from Milwaukee — would appear to take them out of the Johnson mix.


After the Nets’ first-round elimination this spring, it was reported that Brooklyn would explore the trade markets for both Johnson and Jarrett Jack (due $12.6 million over the next two seasons but only partially guaranteed in 2016-17) to try to get away from luxury-tax territory, knowing that both figure to be easier to move than 30-year-old former All-Star guard Deron Williams (who is owed $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17). […] In the wake of Brooklyn’s early departure from the playoffs, Johnson all but admitted that he expected to be shopped, saying: “I don’t think anyone is indispensable, and that includes me.”