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Report: Joe Johnson agrees to deal with Pistons; Michael Beasley will not join team

Pistons, Joe Johnson, Michael Beasley

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with NBA veteran Joe Johnson. As part of bringing Johnson aboard, Michael Beasley will not be joining the club:

Johnson, now 38 years of age, has been making waves in the BIG3. In fact, he earned the league’s MVP award for his outstanding level of play. Several NBA teams were said to be interested in his services, but it’s the Pistons who wound up striking a deal with the former No. 10 overall pick after he took part in a workout with them earlier this week.

Johnson has played 17 years in the NBA, recording averages of 16.0 points on 44.1 percent shooting from the field (37.1 percent from beyond the arc), 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and just under one steal (0.8) in 34.7 minutes per outing.

Johnson is now the first player out of Ice Cube’s BIG3 to land an NBA deal. He and the Triplets were league champions this season.

At this point, it’s not clear how the Pistons plan to utilize Joe Johnson’s services, but there is no doubt he will be a solid addition to the team’s rotation.

As for Beasley, he had agreed to a non-guaranteed deal earlier this summer. But as Marks notes, he never actually signed the contract, so now he’ll just officially be a free agent again.

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