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Joe Johnson plans to sign with the Rockets

Johnson will be deployed from the power forward position, as a shotmaker and playmaker in the Rockets' small-ball lineups.


Kahron Spearman


Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, soon-to-be free agent Joe Johnson has committed to signing with the Houston Rockets, after his imminent buyout from the Sacremento Kings.

He was traded to the Kings from the Utah Jazz, in three-team trade ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. 

The prolific 36-year-old scorer will be yet another skilled veteran that the Rockets have signed without giving up any valuable assets. 

Primarily known as a professional shotmaker, Johnson's career averages are 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. He will likely use his burly six-foot-seven, 240-pound frame to play the power forward in the Rockets' small ball lineups. 

He has earned $214 million in his career -- fourth-most among active players, behind Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony.

Adrian Wojnarowski
NBA insider, ESPN

Johnson will be reunited with coach Mike D'Antoni, who coached Johnson in his time in Phoenix.

According to hoops stat site Basketball-Reference.com, the Little Rock, AR native has a coin flip's chance of making the Hall of Fame, sitting at 50.6 percent. 

Johnson made the bulk of his hay (and salary) during his prime years with the Atlanta Hawks, where he made six All-Star teams and scored 20.9 points per game. 

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