The Utah Jazz’ backcourt play was a source of weakness last season, and they’ve made some nice moves in the past few weeks to fortify it. They traded for George Hill before the draft as a starting point guard, and now NBA.com’s David Aldridge is reporting that they’ve agreed on a two-year, $22 million deal with seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson.
This is great value for the Jazz in this market. Johnson isn’t a high-minutes player anymore, but he’s still a capable shooter (he shot 41.7 percent from three-point range with the Heat last season after taking a midseason buyout in Brooklyn) and has a track record of solid playoff performances. Ideally, he isn’t starting, but he’s a great option as a veteran scorer on an up-and-coming Jazz team. GM Dennis Lindsey did good work here.