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James Johnson
James Johnson
Position: F
Born: 02/20/87
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $2,500,000
Jason Thompson: “This is also an established team that’s doing very well, so I’m just trying to come in here and add depth to a great roster. James Johnson and Patrick Patterson were both traded from Sac to Toronto, and they told me that this organization and the guys here are great. I’ve kept in contact with them throughout the last couple years, so it’s good to see them and wear the same uniform again. I also already knew Kyle Lowry, who’s a Philly guy, and Coach Kalamian, who was an assistant in Sacramento my first couple years. Plus I am keeping my college number – #1 – which I also had in Golden State. I’m glad to carry that through with me to Toronto. The organization brought me in with open arms and continues to make the situation as comfortable as possible for me. I appreciate that.”
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League sources made it clear the Raptors kicked all the right tires. They inquired about deep shooting New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson and the Brooklyn Nets’ Thaddeus Young, but dropped out when the asking price would have included the likes of Luis Scola, James Johnson and Pat Patterson to make salaries match and a first-round pick in addition. In Anderson’s case it was deemed too high a price for a defensively challenged rental – he’s a pending free agent – and in Young’s case there were concerns about how his lack of three-point range would create spacing issues. In both cases there were grave concerns about reducing the Raptors’ depth, a strength all season.
Storyline: Patrick Patterson Trade?
Later in the day, Johnson, whose Twitter handle is@IamJJ3, wrote “My bad, just want more than anything to be a big part of something special for fans, teammates and coaches. .wethenorth.” Johnson didn’t speak with reporters at Friday’s practice, but Casey said: “In today’s NBA, you’re not surprised by anything. It’s not a big deal. He tweeted something he probably shouldn’t have tweeted.” Casey said he’d talked to Johnson and the issue had been handled internally. “Everybody understands their role and what his job is. We’ll move on. It’s been handled, dealt with,” Casey said. “James had an excellent practice today. We had a spirited practice today, which is good.”