Heat considered favorites to sign Johnson

Former Nets guard released on Thursday


MIAMI – The Miami Heat are considered the frontrunners to sign former Nets guard Joe Johnson, with one analyst saying the signing could come as soon as Friday.

The Associated Press is reporting that Johnson has already agreed to terms.

Johnson was released by the Nets on Thursday and quickly became the target of playoff-bound teams like the Cavaliers and Raptors.

ESPN's Chris Broussard, Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst all believe Johnson has selected the Heat as the next stop of his 14-year NBA career.

Of course, nothing will be official until Johnson clears waivers at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

According to NBC Sports, because of salary cap and payroll issues, even if the 7-time All-Star clears waivers he wouldn't be able to suit up for the Heat until March 7.

If the Heat are able to grab Johnson it will be sweet revenge against LeBron James and the Cavaliers who once considered themselves to be his prime landing spot.

In 57 games with the Nets this season, Johnson averaged 11.8 points/game while shooting .406, the lowest of his career.