Joe Johnson back in green? Nets buyout is a win for Celtics regardless of where he ends up

The Celtics drafted Joe Johnson with the 10th pick in 2001, but traded him after just 48 games.

ESPN's Marc Stein broke some news this morning of great interest to Celtics fans:

Stein's follow-up tweet then added even more intrigue to the situation:

First thing's first: Johnson's time in Brooklyn appears to be coming to an end, which is clearly good news for that unprotected first-round pick the Celtics will be getting from the 15-42 Nets.  The 34-year-old is Brooklyn's third-leading scorer (with Jarrett Jack out) at 11.8 points per game, and is averaging a team-leading 33.9 minutes per contest.  He's also one of just four Nets to suit up for every game they've played this season.

Now on to Part 2, could Johnson really end up back in Boston?

RME stands for Room Mid-Level Exception.  Here's the complicated explanation if you're interested.  What it means is this:

Of the teams on Stein's list, only Boston and Atlanta can pay Johnson that much.

Would Johnson be a good fit with the C's?  Maybe.  Obviously Boston wouldn't want him to play anywhere near the amount he has been in Brooklyn.  But consider this: The closest thing the Celtics currently have to a veteran scoring presence off the bench is 27-year-old Evan Turner (the third-oldest Celtic after Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko, both 28).  It's also no secret that the C's offense has struggled dramatically in crunch time this season, and Joe Johnson has hit a ton of big shots over the course of his 15-year career.

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