Joe Johnson has hopes of hooking up with a contender if he can find a way for the Utah Jazz to move him, according to an NBA insider.
Marc Stein of the New York Times reports the veteran scorer is trying to get it done.
Veteran scorer Joe Johnson is angling behind the scenes for a trade out of Utah, according to league sources. Will be interesting to see if he becomes a buyout candidate for contenders should no deal materialize before the Feb. 8 trade buzzer
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 1, 2018
Johnson, a 36-year-old 16-year veteran, is averring 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.0 minutes in 29 games this season for the Jazz, while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, including an abysmal 22.2 percent from the 3-point line.
Johnson’s $10.5 million expiring contract could be useful in trade negotiations if Utah needs to match salaries to acquire a player earning a higher salary. A buyout would remain a possibility, which would allow Johnson to try and hook up with a contended on a minimum deal.