Report: Rockets to sign Joe Johnson, whom Kings bought out

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Joe Johnson wanted a trade or buyout from the Jazz. He sure wasn’t sticking around Sacramento after the Kings acquired him in a three-team trade with the Cavaliers.

Next stop: Houston.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Rockets have done well with in-season signings – Gerald Green, Brandan Wright and now Johnson.

Johnson was mostly a bystander in Utah’s offense. When involved, he was ineffective.

Maybe he’ll be energized by playing for a winner. Or maybe the 36-year-old will is just washed up. It’s tough to say without getting him into this environment, and it’s a reasonable, low-cost gamble for Houston.

Given his defensive limitations, Johnson could get run off the floor by the Warriors in the playoffs – the matchup the Rockets are gearing up for. But Houston has to get there first, and Johnson’s isolation scoring could make the difference in a game against a team like the Spurs (who eliminated the Rockets last season). If Johnson makes the difference in one playoff game, this signing will have paid off. And keeping Johnson off Golden State, which could use another bench scorer and was reportedly interested in him, carries value.