Pistons sign 38-year-old veteran NBA swingman Johnson

Joe Johnson, driving to the basket in the Big3 championship game, signed with the NBA Detroit Pistons on Thursday (AFP Photo/Harry How)

New York (AFP) - Joe Johnson, a 38-year-old swingman who had a superb 3-on-3 season, returned to the NBA for an 18th season on Thursday, signing with the Detroit Pistons.

Johnson, a seven-time NBA All-Star, has career averages of 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists over 1,276 NBA games with the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz and most recently last season with the Houston Rockets.

His teams reached the NBA playoffs in 11 consecutive seasons, but he went unsigned for the 2018-19 campaign and last March signed with the Big3 League for the 2019 season.

The unique 3-on-3 circuit, comprised of 12 teams that tour US cities staging games and feature many former NBA players, revived Johnson's career.

Johnson led the Big3 with 21.9 points a game and 3.9 assists a game and was named the league's Most valuable Player.

He led the Triplets to the Big3 championship, sinking the decisive 3-point shot in the championship game victory over the Killer 3s earlier this month in Los Angeles.