For Joe Johnson, at least, it still ain't that bad here.
Marc Stein reports in a series of tweets Monday that Joe Johnson has no desire to leave the Nets in a friendly buyout and the Nets' lack of general manager makes such a move unlikely.
All indications are the Nets' Joe Johnson, contrary to recent suggestions, presently has no interest in seeking a buyout in Brooklyn. So ...— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 11, 2016
So if JJ holds firm to that stance chances greatly increase he finishes season w/Nets, since $25M is hard to trade even as expiring contract— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 11, 2016
As others have noted today ... fact that Nets also now have no clear-cut lead exec in front office makes a Joe Johnson trade even tougher— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 11, 2016
Indeed, others are reporting that the Nets are unlikely to make any major moves at the deadline, which is still five weeks away, leaving the roster, cap space and draft situations to the next GM and coach. Johnson's decision to switch agents this summer from Arn Tellem, now with the Pistons, to Jeff Schwartz provoked rumors that Johnson, like another Schwartz client, Deron Williams, would try to push for a buyout. Without a buyout and a move to a contender, Johnson's streak of making the playoffs for eight straight years would end in April.