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January 26, 2014 Updates
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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

January 16, 2014 Updates
November 23, 2013 Updates

Chris Johnson signed a deal in China with Guangsha Lions. The former Timberwolves will team up with Jonathan Gibson who is leading the league in points scored per game. Sportando

Free agent center Chris Johnson has signed a one-year contract with Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, a source told RealGM. A final release of the Minnesota Timberwolves in training camp, Johnson had been scouring offers overseas, ultimately reaching terms late Saturday morning. The shortened season in China gives Johnson an opportunity to return to the NBA in February or March, when teams seek to fortify their depth. RealGM

October 28, 2013 Updates

Adelman said the team waived Johnson because he and Flip Saunders couldn’t see how Johnson would earn playing time — “Real slim,” Adelman said — with Nikola Pekovic, Ronny Turiaf and Gorgui Dieng ahead of him. He said Hummel and Price together could help the Wolves win a game or two, although he added that Price will have a more difficult time getting on the floor as long as point guards Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea stay healthy. “I think there’s a place,” Adelman said about both players. “If something did happen where they had to play, you wouldn’t hesitate to play them. They both have proven they can do that. I think that’s what we were looking for, 14 guys who give us the best shot to win.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

October 26, 2013 Updates

The Wolves released center Chris Johnson on Saturday, a move prompted both by the strong play of Robbie Hummel and A.J. Price and by the team’s depth in the post. “We’re going in that direction,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said after Saturday’s lengthy practice. “We thought Robbie and A.J. have done a really good job. They’ve earned spots. And we feel with [Nikola] Pekovic and Rony [Turiaf], they have played well, as has G [Gorgui Dieng]. So we’re comfortable with those guys.” The team will have to pay off Johnson’s $916,000 salary. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

October 25, 2013 Updates

Wolves big man Chris Johnson didn’t play again, the fifth time in seven preseason games in which he didn’t get off the bench. He played nine-plus minutes in two games and clearly isn’t part of Adelman’s plans. The Wolves can create two roster spots for four other players competing for jobs if they waive Johnson and pay him his $916,000 guaranteed contract. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 27, 2013 Updates

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