HoopsHype Chris Johnson rumors


February 7, 2014 Updates

After impressing the Celtics throughout a pair of consecutive 10-day contracts, Chris Johnson will remain with the team through the end of the season. Team officials informed the 23-year-old swingman of their decision to retain him hours before his second 10-day contract expired Thursday night. It’s likely his deal will extend beyond this season, perhaps with a nonguaranteed deal for next season. Boston Globe

February 6, 2014 Updates

After two successful 10-day contract performances, the Boston Celtics will sign forward Chris Johnson for the rest of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Boston's front office and coaching staff had been fond off Johnson, but signing him pushed the Celtics precariously close to the luxury tax line. Nevertheless, the Celtics were ultimately too impressed with his performance to let him leave. Yahoo! Sports

The Celtics have until Thursday to make a decision on the future of swingman Chris Johnson, who has sparkled since signing the first of two 10-day contracts with the club three weeks ago. His second 10-day contract expires Thursday and the Celtics’ lone option if they want to retain Johnson is sign him for the remainder of the season. An NBA source said the team is still debating whether to keep Johnson. There is a question because the Celtics are precariously close to the luxury tax and don’t want to limit themselves salary-wise during the trade deadline with another guaranteed contract. Johnson has etched a spot in the rotation, averaging 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in about 24 minutes per game entering Wednesday night’s 114-108 win over the 76ers. He had also converted 41.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. “I’m a huge, huge fan,” coach Brad Stevens said of Johnson, who played 3 minutes and didn’t score against the Sixers. “The decision on Chris, that ultimately won’t be made by me but certainly I’ll know all about it, [and] now to me, I think very much we all would say it’s outside of basketball. Can you afford from the cap management standpoint to do that right now? Boston Globe

February 4, 2014 Updates

"My job is to give my opinions when asked on it," said Stevens. "At the end of the day, the most important thing for our program long term is to let those people make decisions and to trust that those are the right ones. Because I do trust them, they’ve done a great job with that in the past and Danny and his group know exactly what they are doing. I think the hardest thing for Chris is he’s just gotta realize that he can control what he can control. Hopefully he’s around here, but if he’s not, I don’t think by any means it will be the last time you see him. I think he’s going to have a nice career in the NBA." ESPN.com

Johnson said he hasn't talked with the team about his future and is just focused on finishing out this current 10-day pact strong. He's hoping that if things do not work out here, maybe his play will have raised some antennas around the league. "Hopefully I've put myself in the best situation with eyes open on other teams and just go from there," said Johnson. ESPN.com

February 3, 2014 Updates
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January 28, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard/forward Chris Johnson to a second 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Johnson, a 6’6” guard/forward, has appeared in four games for the Celtics and has averaged 10.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist in 26.6 minutes per game. He posted a career-high 12 points against Brooklyn on January 26 and recorded a career-high four steals against Washington on January 22. NBA.com

Former D-Leaguer Chris Johnson accompanied the Celtics to New York Monday afternoon, an indication the team will sign him to a second 10-day contract. Johnson has averaged 27 minutes over four games, averaging 10 points and 3.3 rebounds. The former Dayton standout scored 11 points in his Celtics debut Jan. 21 at Miami. He had 12 points Sunday. Boston Globe

January 26, 2014 Updates
January 23, 2014 Updates

Never mind. The Celtics won. Jeff Green put the team on his shoulders and scored a season-high 39 points, while the Wizards wilted with a display of selfish basketball. Boston blew a 19-point first-half lead, but Gerald Wallace made a driving layup with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday night for the 113-111 victory that snapped a 10-game road losing streak. ‘‘Lot of reasons to give up,’’ Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. ‘‘And they didn’t do that.’’ Green shot early and often, finishing with career-highs in 3-pointers attempted (16) and made (8). Rookie Phil Pressey added a career-high 20 points. The Celtics played without Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless and at one point had Chris Johnson and Vander Blue, both on 10-day contracts, on the floor together in the second quarter. ‘‘I just put myself in the position where I had to be the man to carry the team and shoot the ball,’’ Green said. ‘‘So that’s what I did.’’ Boston Globe

January 17, 2014 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard/forward Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Johnson, a 6’6” guard/forward, appeared in 20 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League this season and has averaged 19.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block in 37.2 minutes per game. NBA.com

In a move that will add depth to their suddenly shrunken roster, the Celtics are expected to sign Rio Grande Valley Vipers small forward Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract on Friday. Johnson has been playing for the Rockets’ affiliate in the NBA Development League, where he is averaging 19.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 20 games this season. “Chris has been playing very well. We need a wing player, we need someone who can shoot the ball, so Chris will add some depth to our team for now,” president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said before practice Thursday. Boston Globe

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