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Not much significance for Joe Johnson, facing the Nets

Joe Johnson played 288 games with the Nets, more than he played with the Suns (275) but fewer than with the Hawks (508).

Still, Brooklyn was supposed to be the spot where he'd finally reach a conference finals -- especially after the franchise spent big to assemble a team that also included Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Brook Lopez.

That team, however, maxed out in the second round -- losing to the Heat in 2014 -- and then was broken up, leaving the franchise in tatters. At first, Johnson wanted to stick it out, but he ultimately gave up $3 million to take a buyout, and then joined the Heat. 

Monday night, the Nets visit, with a 21-51 record, though a recent win against the Cavaliers.

Any significance for him?

"No," Johnson said. "None at all. Not really. None at all. No significance. I'm not trying to prove nothing to those guys. Man, I'm trying to do what's best for this team. And that's us piling up wins. That's the only thing that matters -- for me, anyway. I have no ulterior motives. Trying to impress by no form or fashion."

Johnson did say he'd be happy to see his coaches and "a lot of my old teammates, definitely." 




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