Why Joe Johnson Might Be the Ideal Buyout Fit for Houston

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ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Friday that 6-foot-7 swingman Joe Johnson could have a deal lined up with the Houston Rockets. 

Johnson, a 36-year-old veteran of 17 seasons who was traded from the Utah Jazz to Sacramento at Thursday's trade deadline, is virtually certain to receive a contract buyout from the rebuilding Kings, after which he would be free to sign with any team.

Though Johnson is averaging just 7.3 points (42% FG, 27.4% three-point FG) in 21.9 minutes per game this season with the Jazz, he was limited early in the season by an injury to his right shooting wrist and has significantly improved his percentages of late. 

Since December 21, representing his last 21 games, the seven-time NBA All-Star has shot 36.2% from behind the arc — very close to his career mark of 37.2%.

In Friday's episode of Locked on Rockets, I take a deep dive into Johnson's numbers this season — including both the aforementioned three-point numbers and his percentages and attempts inside the arc, compared to prior seasons. After that review, I explain why there are more reasons for optimism than I initially believed regarding Johnson's potential fit with the 40-13 Rockets. Tune in:

Talking Rockets w/ Ben DuBose

Talking Rockets w/ Ben DuBose

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