Joe Johnson’s career may be winding down, but he’s not done adding to his career earnings, agreeing to a 2-year contract with the Utah Jazz for $22 million. The new deal will push his career earnings to around $220 million.
As Evin Demirel has noted, Johnson is at the top of many stats rankings among NBA Razorbacks, and is only 682 points away from becoming only the 42nd player in league history to score 20,000 career points.
Utah will be the sixth team Johnson has played for, following stints with Boston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Brooklyn, and Miami. He was still able to average 12.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season.
Here’s what SB Nation said about how he’ll fit in with Utah:
While Johnson is no longer in his prime, he showed in Miami that he can still space the floor and be a valuable piece. He's 6'7 and that length won't go anywhere, so even as he loses a step, he's got a little extra height to rise over defenders compared to shorter perimeter players. He took nearly four three-pointers per game last season and hit over 38 percent of them.
Johnson should be a nice bench scorer and veteran presence for a Jazz team that looks suddenly formidable. Johnson is the second major addition Utah has made to the backcourt this offseason, joining point guard George Hill, who was acquired in a three-team trade with the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks. Utah won 40 games in an injury plagued season a year ago. If they stay healthy, don't be surprised if they're a major sleeper in the Western Conference.