Joe Johnson Will Work out With Sixers Thursday
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) -- The Philadelphia 76ers will bring in a veteran guest this week as they look to add any potential improvements available. Veteran guard Joe Johnson might've been balling in the Big 3 as of late, but he caught the NBA's eyes recently.
The 38-year-old former NBA star has been tearing up the still relatively new Big 3 league this season, and his game has earned him a few workouts that are set to take place over the next few days -- with the Sixers being one of them.
According to ESPN NBA Insider Marc J. Spears, Johnson has acquired interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans. His first workout though, will take place on Thursday in Camden, New Jersey for the Sixers.
It's been quite some time since Johnson appeared on an NBA court. His final season in the league concluded in 2017 as he had a 23 game stint with the Houston Rockets, along with a 32 game showing in Utah with the Jazz.
During his final stretch in Utah, Johnson averaged 7.3 points-per-game on about roughly 21 minutes-per-game. He shot 42-percent from the field, knocking down 27-percent of his shots from long range.
While he hasn't appeared in the NBA in over a season now, Johnson still has fresh legs as he's been tearing it up in the Big 3. On Tuesday, he was named the league MVP as he put up over 20-points-per-game and shot 48.5-percent from the field.
As he shows he can clearly still drain shots, NBA teams want to see what kind of shape he is in just in case he can offer some valuable minutes coming off of the bench. Knowing how the Sixers have been building their roster, it comes as no surprise that they are looking at Johnson to come in and contribute off the bench potentially. Obviously Elton Brand will bring in just about anybody if they can help the team out.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for South Jersey's 97.3 ESPN. You can follow Justin on Twitter: @JGrasso_