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Joe Johnson is headed to Houston, not Boston

Rob Bradford
February 10, 2018 - 12:25 pm

There will be no reunion between Joe Johnson and the Celtics.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN the 36-year-old forward is ready to sign with the Rockets, having reportedly chosen Houston over Golden State and Boston. Johnson, who has agreed to a buyout with Kings, will be eligible to join his new team after clearing waivers Monday. He had been with Sacramento after being included in a three-team trade, sending him packing from Utah.

Johnson was a former first-round pick of the Celtics, getting taken out of Arkansas with the 10th overall pick in the 2001 draft.

The sharp-shooting guard -- who is 39 3-pointers shy of becoming the ninth player in NBA history to make 2,000 -- has been totaling a career-low 21.9 minutes per game, averaging 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. Johnson had been battling a wrist injury, limiting him to 21.9 minutes per game.

The Celtics are 23rd overall in bench scoring, averaging 31.9 points per game from their substitutes. (Houston is one spot behind Boston.)

The Rockets have the second-best record in the NBA, 1/2 game in back of Golden State, while the Celts have slid 1/2-game behind Toronto for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Another player recently receiving a buyout, Marco Belinelli, could be the next target for the Celtics. He had been averaging 11.4 points per game for Atlanta.

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