Former All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson and journeyman center Brandan Wright are all expected to suit up with the Rockets for the remainder of the season once their buyouts and signings are finalized, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The team reached an agreement on a buyout with the veteran after he was acquired from the Utah Jazz as part of Thursday's trade that sent George Hill to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sacramento has Vince Carter to mentor the younger players, so the Kings made a decision to part ways with Johnson. Johnson was the 10th overall pick in the 2001 Draft by the Boston Celtics.
"Johnson might not supplant Gerald Green's current role as a shooter off the bench, or they could trade places on a game-to-game basis depending on which player is effective". The Rockets on Friday re-signed guard Bobby Brownfor the rest of the season but will now waive him to clear a roster spot for Johnson, league sources told ESPN.
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Johnson, 36, started just three games for the rebuilding Kings this season, averaging 7.3 points per game. Joe shot 41.1 percent from downtown a year ago and he is just 39 3-pointers away from becoming the ninth player to make 2,000 in National Basketball Association history. It's tough to say without getting him into this environment, and it's a reasonable, low-priced gamble for Houston.
The threat of the Houston Rockets as potential slayers to the reigning kings of the National Basketball Association, the Golden State Warriors, looms larger after reaching agreements with two serviceable veterans in the post-buyout market.