The Miami Heat have officially announced the signing of Joe Johnson, adding a seven-time All-Star to a team that is need of a proven scorer and quality depth.
With the uncertainty of Chris Bosh's short and long term health looming over the franchise in addition to serious injuries suffered by Tyler Johnson and Beno Udrih, the Heat were able to sway Johnson to sign with them over the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and several other playoff-bound teams after he secured a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets.
From the Heat's press release:
Johnson is one of only five players in NBA history to record at least 18,000 points, 4,500 assists, 4,000 rebounds and 1,500 made three-point field goals. With his addition to the HEAT roster, Miami now features 38 total All-Star appearances, the most in the NBA.
Johnson has appeared in 1,119 career games (1,049 starts) and averaged 17.0 points, 4.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 80.1 percent from the foul line. Earlier this season, he hit the game-winning three-point shot in a 105-104 win vs. Denver on February 8, and has now hit the game-tying or game-winning shot nine different times in his career (with one second or less remaining), the third-most by any player since he entered the league, fourth on that list is Dwyane Wade with seven. Additionally, Johnson and Wade now become the only active players in the league to each score at least 18,500 career points on the same roster.
Johnson appeared in 57 games (all starts) with the Brooklyn Nets this season averaging 11.8 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 33.9 minutes while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 85.2 percent from the foul line. He led the team in three-point field goals made (85) and finished second in three-point field goal percentage. The 15-year veteran has appeared in the playoffs 10 times over his career, totaling 87 postseason games (81 starts) averaging 17.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from three-point range and 77.3 percent from the foul line.
Erik Spoelstra now suddenly has several options to incorporate the versatile Johnson immediately into the mix with his ability to play multiple positions. He can eventually supplant Justise Winslow in the starting lineup, allowing the rookie to thrive off the bench in his customary role this season, and retain Luol Deng at the power forward position. Johnson could also come off the bench in relief of Dwyane Wade or play alongside him. It also likely will translate into a lesser role for Gerald Green, who is struggling mightily amid a season-worst shooting slump.
Johnson is available to play immediately for his new team, and he will likely be active for Sunday night's road game against the New York Knicks.