Following a pair of seasons in Boston, Celtics forward Amir Johnson could be heading back to Canada next season.
According to Sporting News, “there’s virtually no chance that the Celtics, who are planning to bring in young big guys Ante Zizic and Guerschon Yabusele, will re-sign Johnson come July.”
The report cites a number of league sources that say there is mutual interest in a reunion between Johnson and the Raptors.
This shouldn’t come as a shock, considering Johnson posted a heartfelt goodbye to Toronto fans on social media when he left the team two summers ago. The most telling piece of the note: “So don’t take this as a goodbye but more of a see you later.”
— Amir Johnson (@IamAmirJohnson) July 2, 2015
He has proven himself to be a key contributor on the defensive end, but the 6-foot-9 Johnson is a big man who has had consistently low rebounding numbers throughout his career. His 4.6 rebounds per game this season were his lowest since the 2009-10 season. In just over 20 minutes per contest, the he averaged 6.5 points and .8 blocks.
Johnson signed a two-year, $24-million-dollar contract with the Celtics after six seasons up north, and started 153 of the 159 regular-season games he appeared in during the past two seasons.
He fell out of Brad Stevens’ main rotation during the playoffs, though. He was the starter in only nine of the Celtics’ 18 playoff games, and was a DNP-coach’s decision in four of them.
The move makes sense for the Raptors as well, whose main priority will be re-signing star point guard Kyle Lowry this offseason. If a Toronto return doesn’t pan out, the report noted a handful of teams have expressed interest in Johnson.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog