The full ripple effects of the DeAndre Jordan saga
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Rotowire: May 15 / 1:55p ET
News: Johnson started all 80 games in which he played for the Nets this season, posting averages of 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 34.9 minutes.
Impact: Johnson's play has been on a steady decline since he arrived in Brooklyn in 2012, but he remains a dependable scoring threat. Set to turn 34 in June, Johnson no longer gets to the basket with ease, and his game is more reliant than ever on jumpers. For the third straight season, fewer than 10 percent of his field goal attempts came from within three feet of the basket, per Basketball-Reference, while a career-high 28.1 percent of his attempts came in the 3-10 foot range. Johnson was also heavily reliant upon long-range shooting, with more than 32 percent his shots coming from beyond the arc for the fourth season in a row. The veteran got off to a strong start in 2014-15, shooting 46 percent from the field in November and averaging nearly 16 points per game. Those numbers jumped to 17.2 points on 47 percent shooting (41.5% 3Pt) in December, but he would regress to the mean in January, converting just 38.6 percent of his shots. A fixture in a seemingly ever-changing starting lineup, Johnson led the Nets in minutes for the third consecutive season. He also paced Brooklyn in that category during the playoffs, averaging 16.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 41.5 minutes as the Nets were ousted by Atlanta in six games. Johnson will enter the final year of the now-infamous six-year, $123.7 million deal he signed with Atlanta in 2010, and his future with the organization is somewhat unclear. While he remains productive for his age, the Nets may be headed for a rebuild, and unloading Johnson's expiring, albeit expensive, deal would be a major step in clearing cap space. It's difficult to gauge what the market would be for Johnson given the price, but he would certainly be an intriguing, one-year rental for a contending team in need of perimeter shooting.
Rotowire: May 1 / 7:55p ET
News: Johnson posted 12 points, six rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 36 minutes of action in Game 6 against the Hawks.
Impact: Johnson had a solid series, but it wasn't enough to help the Nets beat the Hawks. He finished the regular season averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 threes per game.