NBA trade news: Nets release Joe Johnson; Celtics reportedly interested in signing Carmelo Anthony

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The Brooklyn Nets recently released veteran forward Joe Johnson from its roster.

In a report by NBA.com, Brooklyn’s team management made its roster changes on Tuesday after agreeing to a buyout of the remainder of his contract. His contract is said to be one of the largest in the entire league.

The 34-year-old Johnson was traded to the Nets in 2012, in exchange for Jordan Williams, Jordan Farmar, DeShawn Stevenson, Anthony Morrow and Johan Petro, as well as a 2013 first round draft pick.

Nets general manager Sean Marks simply gave Johnson a little props for his contributions in the last four seasons.

“Joe has been a quality professional since joining the Nets four years ago, was a valued member of three playoff teams, and provided many thrilling moments for his teammates and Nets’ fans,” Marks said. “We wish him much success in the future.”

According to a report by ESPN, the Miami Heat will be signing Johnson, once he clears waivers. The same report adds that the Cleveland Cavaliers also showed interest in signing the former NBA All-Star, noting that LeBron James was very welcoming with the idea.

For the current season alone, Johnson has played in 57 games so far and is averaging 11.8 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.7 steals through 33.9 minutes of playing time per game.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics were reportedly interested in signing New York Knicks marquee forward Carmelo Anthony.

In a report by Ian Begley for ESPN, the Celtics had expressed their intent to sign Anthony before the February 18<sup>th trade deadline. It did not materialize, however, after Anthony himself came forward with his desire to win a title with the Knicks.

“That was the reason I wanted to come to New York,” Anthony said, according to Begley’s ESPN report. “That’s the reason I’m in New York. … I don’t want to run.”

For the current season alone, the 31-year-old Anthony has played in 53 games so far and is averaging 21.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists through 35.0 minutes of playing time per game.