A report from NetsDaily, citing a league source, says the team didn't want to trade Johnson, and far preferred to buy out Williams to get salary relief.
"One insider, asked after [Williams] buyout if the Nets were still pursuing a Johnson trade, firmly said no," NetsDaily wrote. "He volunteered there was probably no one more pumped about the buyout than Johnson."
"I am sure Joe will have a tremendous season," the insider told NetsDaily.
Frankly, the only reason I was for trading Johnson was because I thought his contract could be more easily moved than Williams. And I'm very happy it worked out the way it did, especially after reading this.
It really speaks volumes about just how much of a drain D-Will was on this franchise that no one seemed to like him. He may have been effective when he was at the top of his game (which was rarely), but the fact that essentially every respected veteran who came through Brooklyn had a problem with Deron is really the tell tale sign of how his buy out could be addition by subtraction. Johnson certainly showed his age last season, but maybe in a happier, more productive environment, he can help the Nets rebound from a sub-.500 season.