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Nets waive former All-Star Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson drives to the basket in a Jan. 29 game AP

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have waived Joe Johnson, allowing the seven-time All-Star to leave one of the NBA’s worst teams and join a contender.

The Nets announced the move Thursday after agreeing to a buyout of the remainder of Johnson’s contract — one of the largest in the NBA. Players have to be waived by March 1 in order to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.

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Johnson will first have to clear waivers before he can pick from any potential suitors. That should be a certainty, as any team claiming him would have to pay the remainder of his $24.9 million salary that trails only Kobe Bryant this season.

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Johnson was acquired from Atlanta in 2012 and helped the Nets make the playoffs in their first three seasons in Brooklyn. But they are 15-42 this season.

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