Joe Johnson isn’t done with the NBA just yet. Johnson, who is turning 40 in June, plans an NBA comeback and is scheduled to work out with the Milwaukee Bucks, per Hoops Hype. Milwaukee currently has an open roster spot and could use all the help they can get for the Playoffs, which will begin on May 22.
Johnson is coping well with ‘father time,’ as he was one of the 14 players that played in the final round of the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup Men’s Qualifying Team in February. ‘Iso Joe’ averaged 11 points, nine rebounds, and 6.5 assists in 26 minutes on 50% shooting through two games.
Even though he’s in good shape, Iso Joe could have problems adapting to the NBA once again. His last game came in the 2018 playoffs with the Houston Rockets. He then committed to the BIG 3 league but wanted to get back to the NBA once again. Johnson was close to returning in September 2019, when the Detroit Pistons signed him, but they eventually waived him after a month, so the seven-time All-Star has missed playing three seasons in the Association.
Nonetheless, ‘Iso Joe’ brings a ton of experience which often proves crucial in the Playoffs. The Boston Celtics selected him with the 10th pick in the 2001 draft, and he played a total of 1276 NBA games, including 120 playoff games. In that period, Joe averaged 16 points, four rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. His most effective season was 2006/07 with the Atlanta Hawks, in which he averaged 25 points per game. The Bucks hope that Joe has something left in the tank. His ability to score on his man earned him the nickname Iso Joe, and he could be used as a situational scorer from the bench.
The Bucks are currently without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has left knee soreness, and there is yet no timetable for his return. So they need a morale boost coming into the playoffs in which they have disappointed in recent seasons. Head coach Mike Budenholzer wants to have all the options available in the postseason, and we’ll see if Johnson could help the Bucks winning a championship.