Pistons Waive Veteran Joe Johnson

Christian Wood will reportedly make the roster.

97.1 The Ticket
October 21, 2019 - 6:22 pm
Joe Johnson

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DETROIT (AP/97.1 The Ticket) — The Detroit Pistons have waived veteran Joe Johnson.

The Pistons announced the move Monday, setting their 15-man roster for Wednesday night's season opener at Indiana.

Big man Christian Wood will reportedly make the roster in place of Johnson. Wood made a name for himself in Summer League and preseason play, averaging 13.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in five preseason outings earlier this month.

Detroit signed Johnson last month, but the Pistons maintained that he would be competing for a roster spot, and there was no guarantee of that. The seven-time All-Star did not play in the NBA at all last season and came to Detroit after being named MVP of the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league.

Johnson appeared in four preseason games, averaging 3.8 points.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.