Joe Johnson, a 16-year veteran of the NBA and the reigning Big 3 Most Valuable Player, will not be featuring for the Detroit Pistons after signing with the team to play in the pre-season.
The Detroit #Pistons announce their 2019-2020 regular season roster with updated weight and height for each player.
The team has also announced they have waived Joe Johnson. pic.twitter.com/xyCRBVWJwS
— Palace Pistons (@PalaceOfPistons) October 21, 2019
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) October 21, 2019
Johnson most recently featured for the Houston Rockets in 2017-18, appearing in 23 games with an average of 6 points per outing, far from the caliber of play that landed him seven all-star appearances as a member of the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets.
Most recently, basketball fans will have seen Johnson torching opposition in the Big 3, knocking down several clutch buzzer-beaters en route to becoming league MVP and securing his team a championship.
Joe Johnson for the win in the Big 3 championship ?
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) September 1, 2019
While Johnson had a tendency to perform at a level that some expected would lead him to return to the NBA, the Pistons have instead opted to give their last roster space to 6′ 10″ UNLV product Christian Wood who they believe can offer more in the long-run than the 38-year-old Johnson.