Amir Johnson drawing interest from 3 teams in East
Out of a job in Boston because of the club’s cap situation (or plans, rather) and Ante Zizic’s expected jump to the NBA next season, Celtics big man Amir Johnson’s Celtics career will likely come to a close after 159 contests when the clock hits midnight tonight.
But there will certainly be a market for the 6-foot-9 Johnson when free agency officially begins at 12:01 a.m., headlined by three different Eastern Conference teams, with interest from the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, and Toronto Raptors, per ESPN.
The interest from the Raptors is nothing new, as a report in early June linked the 30-year-old Johnson and the Raptors as matches for a possible reunion given their familiarity with one another from their time together from 2009 to 2015. That six-season run in Toronto remains the longest tenure with any one team in Johnson’s NBA career, with the first four years of his career spent in Detroit and the last two with the Celtics.
Chicago’s interest would come as an effort to bolster a Bulls squad that ranked near the top of league in both rebounds and blocks, while the Nets could view Johnson as a one-year stopgap replacement for the big body that left with the Brooks Lopez trade.
An is-what-he-is player if there ever was one, Johnson averaged 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds — both noticeable dips from his first year in Boston — in 80 games for the Celts this past season before averaging 10 minutes in 14 postseason tilts.
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