Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Amir Johnson agrees to 2-year deal with Celtics
Free agent forward Amir Johnson has agreed to a 2-year, $24 million deal with the Celtics. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Johnson has already signed the contract, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports.
Johnson averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds for Toronto last season. His Raptors 5-year deal expired this summer, they've decided to move on next season without the 10-year veteran. Although Johnson has played 10 seasons in the NBA, he's only 28 years-old.
Amir will add the much needed defense the Celtics need in the post. He's also athletic and can score in the paint but at $12 million per season, making him the highest paid player on the Celtics roster, he's going to be a focal point in the Celtics' offense. And for a player who averaged 10 points last season, that may be a lot to ask for.
He has shot 57 percent from the floor throughout his career, a stat that certainly stood out to the Celtics when they were looking into signing him. On a Toronto team, one that has two primary scorers in Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozen, Johnson will get more scoring opportunities in Boston than he ever did as a Raptor.
Shortly after signing Johnson, the Celtics reportedly agreed to a deal with pending free agent Jonas Jerebko. Jerebko, who averaged 6 points, 3.8 rebounds last season, agreed to 2-year, $10 million deal.