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Would Joe Johnson welcome a buyout?

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Following the final game before the All-Star break and NBA Trade Deadline, Joe Johnson told reporters, "I don't know what's going to happen after this. We'll see. Anything's possible.''

Was this a subtle message of Joe's desire to be traded or bought out from the 14-40 Nets? Some believe so.

Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders writes that a buyout is "very likely" for Johnson, whose $25 million contract might be a little to heavy to trade.

That huge salary makes Johnson difficult to trade, but as seen in years past, him accepting a buyout after the passing of the trade deadline seems a very likely outcome. One source close to Johnson recently told Basketball Insiders that the 34-year-old marksman is "as miserable as he has ever been" and would welcome a change of scenery.

Miserable. That's being said about the same guy who claimed that ‘It ain't that bad here' at the beginning of the season.

Meanwhile, Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com writes, "If Joe Johnson secures a buyout in Brooklyn, league sources are adamant Cleveland would "snatch him up" for the veteran minimum."

Cleveland's alleged interest in Johnson isn't something new. Back in July, reports swirled that the Nets and Cavs were talking about a possible trade that eventually went nowhere.

Johnson has made the playoffs in eight straight seasons and at age 35, winning appears to be the most important thing to the veteran. That will not happen if he stays with the Nets for the remainder of the season.

The Nets have until March 1 to make a decision whether they'd want to waive Johnson or not. By then, they'll have a new GM who can decide whether it's worth giving Joe up for nothing, the same way they did with Deron Williams.