Cavs Rumors: Cavaliers in Prime Position to Win Joe Johnson Sweepstakes

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The front office of the Cleveland Cavaliers appears to have a solid belief that they’ll be able to sign former Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson after the 34-year-old veteran guard was bought out by the team on Thursday afternoon.

That speculation came in a tweet from ESPN’s Marc Stein:

Stein noted in another tweet that six other teams are also in pursuit of Johnson, including his former team in Atlanta:

No team will be able to make an offer until 5 p.m. on Saturday, when Johnson officially clears waivers. The team he chooses must sign him to a deal before next Tuesday in order to have him eligible during the postseason.

Johnson is in the last year of a six-year, $124 million contract he originally signed with the Hawks. He’s currently averaging 11.8 points per game this season and has developed a knack for game-winning shots, hitting seven buzzer-beaters in the last decade.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.