Joe Johnson finally returned to the NBA. He agreed to join the Detroit Pistons. According to Shams Charania ( The Athletic ) and Chris Haynes ( Yahoo! Sports ) reports , the veteran player has a one-year non-guaranteed contract.
Haynes later added, Johnson’s arrival to Detroit shifted a place for Michael Beasley. The Pistons released the player after recruiting him in early August 2019. Head Coach Dwane Casey prefers Johnson over Beasley.
Johnson himself last season spent time with Triplets in the 3×3 league made by Ice Cube titled BIG3. He led the team to the league championship after beating Killer 3’s. Johnson even won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) title.
After that, the 38-year-old forward attracted the attention of several clubs. He had participated in training trials with NBA clubs. However, it finally landed in Detroit to defend the Pistons.
Johnson has actually been absent from the NBA since 2018. He was last seen defending the Houston Rockets. During his career in the world-famous league, Johnson has played for seven different clubs. One of them is the Atlanta Hawks. His name sticks out when defending the club. He even entered the ranks of All-Star in a row in 2007-2012.
In the NBA, the player nicknamed “ISO Joe” has appeared in 1276 regular matches. He scored an average of 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3.9 assists. The overall percentage of shots reached 44.1 percent. The overall shot effectiveness is 49.7 percent. True shooting percentage of 53 percent.
Johnson also briefly appeared in the playoffs. He played in that round 13 times with 6 different teams. The average reached 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Johnson then continued his career at BIG3. He signed a contract with Triplets in March. His appearance in the 3×3 league made him reappear. However, Johnson claimed not to play at BIG3 because he wanted to return to the NBA.
Even so, when the offer came, Johnson apparently did not refuse. The Pistons used it to recruit him. They will work together to look their best in 2019-2020. (put)