HoopsHype Chris Johnson rumors

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
September 6, 2013 Updates

Taylor said it's unlikely that Saunders will bring in a 15th guaranteed contract. In other words, forwards Robbie Hummel and Othyus Jeffers, rookie guard Lorenzo Brown and an expected to-be-determined big man will compete for the final spot in camp. Those three players, first round picks Muhammad and center Gorgui Dieng, and big man Chris Johnson arrive into town Monday for developmental work. Other players are expected to be in-and-out for informal workouts before training camp starts. 1500 ESPN

July 8, 2013 Updates
July 7, 2013 Updates
June 29, 2013 Updates
June 24, 2013 Updates
June 7, 2013 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.