NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have waived Joe Johnson, allowing the seven-time All-Star to leave one of the NBA’s worst teams and join a contender.
The Nets announced the move Thursday after agreeing to a buyout of the remainder of Johnson’s contract — one of the largest in the NBA. Players have to be waived by March 1 in order to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.READ MORE: Third Stimulus Check: Why Your Next Relief Payment May Not Be $1,400
Johnson will first have to clear waivers before he can pick from any potential suitors. That should be a certainty, as any team claiming him would have to pay the remainder of his $24.9 million salary that trails only Kobe Bryant this season.READ MORE: Looking to Travel? Here are the Latest COVID-19 Travel Restrictions State by State
Johnson was acquired from Atlanta in 2012 and helped the Nets make the playoffs in their first three seasons in Brooklyn. But they are 15-42 this season.MORE NEWS: Michigan Lawmakers raise concerns over reports of National Guard troops being served 'raw, moldy food' at US Capitol
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