Although there's been a lot of buzz about the Nets wanting to move Joe Johnson, it's hard to tell just how aggressively Billy King is in trying to find him a new home. There were rumors around the deadline of interest in Detroit and Charlotte, but the Nets dissed those reports then ... and now, those options look, if not closed, less appealing.
So, Evan Roberts asked Adrian Wojnarowski if he thought after the Pistons and Hornets made deals in the last week, does that foreclose trades for the $25 million man? Is he untradeable? Absolutely not, replied Woj.
"I don't think anybody is untradeable. I don't," the Yahoo! writer said in his weekly segment on WFAN. "There will always be some big market team who needs a scorer, last year on his contract. I think that you could still move him, but I don't know who, that is, off the top of my head, but almost no contract is ever untradeable if a guy is still somewhat productive."
Johnson, who turns 34 this month, had his worst statistical season since his third year in the NBA. And unlike 2013-14, he didn't win game after game at the buzzer, wasn't named to the All-Star game or lead the team in the playoffs. He did average 14.4 points in 80 games, shoot 43.5 percent overall and 35.9 from deep, certainly "productive" by Woj's definition, but he is the second highest paid player in the league.
As John Schuhmann has noted, over the last dozen years, Johnson ranks No. 2 in the NBA in minutes played, regular season and playoffs, behind only LeBron James.
In order to avoid the repeater tax, the Nets need to get under the luxury tax threshold --projected at a little more than $81 million-- by the trade deadline in February. That's a long way off.
In other parts of the interview, Woj said he believes that Kristaps Porzingis is "the real thing" and that so many teams are trying to trade up to get the big Latvian, it could change the complexion of the entire draft.