PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Joe Johnson won't be shutting his phone off this morning and it's a good bet he'll have it fully charged up, sitting right beside him at all times just in case he gets the call.
Trade rumors are still swirling around Johnson and the Nets swingman admitted he's spoken with his agent about them, trying to get a little more clarity in advance of Thursday's 3 p.m. Eastern Time deadline. The result? He found out he's indeed on the block for apparently the right price.
"Yeah, well, the rumors are true," Johnson said Wednesday night after the Nets practice at the Clippers training facility, their first since returning from the All-Star break. "My name is out there. So anything's possible. So my phone is definitely going to be on."
The Pistons reportedly have entertained the idea of trading for Johnson, centering around a package that would include point guard Brandon Jennings in the swap. Jennings ruptured his left Achilles last month and is out for the season.
Lionel Hollins' tune from last week hasn't changed and he suggested once again that the Nets likely would stand pat at the deadline, meaning their roster will still be the same when they take the court against the Lakers at the Staples Center to begin their playoff push through these final 30 games.
"Looks like that way to me," the Nets coach said. "I don't know what's going to happen. But I'm pretty certain it's going to be the same, unless some surprise pops up."
Being linked in trade chatter is nothing new for Johnson, given he's been shipped out of town in all three of his previous stops -- including getting sent to Brooklyn in the summer of 2012 in exchange for five players, two draft picks and the right for the Hawks to swap draft picks this year. But his name hadn't been really out there since he became one of the Nets' cornerstones, making this situation unlike anything in his recent experience.
"Man, you know what? It's been kind of different honestly," said Johnson, who's earning $23.1 million this season and is scheduled to pocket $24.8 million in the final year of his deal next season. "At this point in my career, at this point of the season, it kind of is what it is. It's part of it. At some point in time, I'm going to have to leave.""I'm going to have to go. So, whatever organization decides on keeping me, then great. If I have to get traded and move on, then it's part of it. I'm not bitter or mad about either one."
Still, Johnson's preference is to finish what he started with the Nets and continue building up something in Brooklyn.
"Yeah, I would love to," Johnson said. "Even though we haven't been healthy or had chemistry throughout the whole season, this is kind of a carbon copy, man, of what we've been through the previous two years. So, it's just been a little longer this year. I've got faith that everything will turn around, and everything will turn into our favor maybe at the right time. So, I am looking forward to that."