According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN, the Detroit Pistons have reached out to the Brooklyn Nets about a possible trade involving Joe Johnson. There have been rumors swirling about the Nets willingness to move on any of the "big three," which includes Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez.
However, nothing is imminent and one source tells NetsDaily it's nothing, period.
Hearing Detroit has reached out to Nets to inquire about Joe Johnson according to league sources.— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 17, 2015
Detroit's interest in Joe Johnson included reaching out to Nets about a package of Brandon Jennings + expiring contracts for Joe per sources— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) February 17, 2015
Johnson is scheduled to make just under $25 million next season. Chris Mannix says there is a rationale for the Pistons.
Pistons project under the tax this summer, have cap flexibility next: A run at Joe Johnson makes some sense, at least financially.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) February 17, 2015
However, a league source familiar with the Nets thinking called the Johnson-to-Pistons story "nothing."
The Detroit Pistons are currently two games behind the Miami Heat for 8th in the East and one game behind the Brooklyn Nets, who are currently 9th.
Meanwhile, over at the Detroit Bad Boys bog -- the SB Nation Pistons blog -- they don't seem to excited about this rumor.
Detroit bragged about the benefit of stretching Smith because it created significant cap room this summer. Not ditching that for Johnson— Detroit Bad Boys ☠ (@detroitbadboys) February 17, 2015