Some news Tuesday after the futures of the oldest and youngest Nets -- Joe Johnson, who's 34, and Chris McCullough, who turns 21 Friday.
Johnson told beat writers that he has not yet discussed either seeking a trade -- or a post-deadline buyout. But he said he has a meeting with his agent, Jeff Schwartz, to discuss his situation. Schwartz, of course, is Deron Williams agent and the man who worked out his buyout.
Here's the beats' tweets...
Joe Johnson said he won't ask for a trade. Is he open to a buyout? "Honestly, I don't even know." Plans to talk with agent in the next week.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) February 2, 2016
#Nets JJohnson in past named in trade talk. Recently: "I havent heard nothing...Nothing has come up like I feel something's going 2 happen"— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) February 2, 2016
"I’m a professional, man. Obviously, this late in my career, this isn’t the ideal situation. But I’m not forcing anything.'' Johnson said.— Colin Stephenson (@ColinASteph) February 2, 2016
Johnson did say he could see himself returning to the Nets, which would have to be at a big discount on his $24.9 million expiring salary.
Joe Johnson also didn't rule out the possibility of a return to Brooklyn next season: "I think a lot can happen between now and then."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) February 2, 2016
But Johnson also said he wants to win.
A buyout around the February 18 deadline would presumably reduce what's owed Johnson and increase the Nets cap space. Right now, they are only $1.4 million below the luxury tax --and repeater tax-- threshold, giving them little wiggle room to do a deal. But the combination of added cap space from a Johnson buyout, Jarrett Jack's $3.15 million disabled player exception and two small trade exceptions could give the Nets some options at the deadline.
Meanwhile, there was good news on McCullough. He's been cleared medically and will be activated for the first time this weekend, dressing Friday vs the Kings in Brooklyn and Saturday vs. the 76ers in Philly. Said a Nets official, the team plans to "ease [him[ into his new NBA life, with probable court time on Monday at home" vs. the Nuggets.
#Nets CMcCullough could play next week. will set on bench Fri, Sat & watch. TBrown does not want to throw him in "deep end" rite away.— Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) February 2, 2016
The Nets have been taking it easy with McCullough who blew out his knee a year ago while playing for Syracuse.
- Joe Johnson won’t ask Nets to trade him - Colin Stephenson - Newsday
- Joe Johnson says he won’t ask for a trade, leaves door open on buyout - Andy Vasquez -The Record
- Joe Johnson refuses to ask out of Nets, unaware of active trade - Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Ex-Syracuse big man expected to make Nets debut in a week -Fred Kerber - New York Post
- Joe Johnson Will Talk With Agent About Future With Nets - Devin Kharpertian -The Brooklyn Game
- How a Joe Johnson buyout could help the Nets - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game