HoopsHype Chris Johnson rumors

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

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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

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Adelman said midseason acquisitions Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson have shown enough that they are candidates to be on the team next season, especially if they work on their games during the offseason. “This summer will be big for them,” Adelman said. “We like them both.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Still, it might be Johnson who has the best chance to stick with the team long term, because of his size (6-11) and jumping ability. "We don't have somebody like that," Kahn said. Kahn indicated both players would be given the chance to work into the team's future plans. "I think in both cases there is a pathway to being here next year," he said. "It's not a done deal, but there is a pathway. Chris may be in a little bit of a different instance because [of his size]. So I would say he probably especially has a chance." Wolves coach Rick Adelman made clear that signing the two shouldn't preclude the team from trying to improve the roster more. "We'd better be hoping to do something," he said. "We have to improve this team." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Wallace also said the Grizzlies will make a decision on Friday morning whether to re-sign Chris Johnson, whose 10-day contract expires after Friday night’s game. Johnson, a 6-5 guard who had been playing in the NBA’s Development League, is shooting 58 percent from the field and 46 percent in three-pointers in his short Griz stint. Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 30, 2013 Updates

Johnson's 10-day deal expires Friday after the Griz host the Washington Wizards. Memphis can only sign Johnson to a maximum of two 10-day contracts, or ink him for the rest of the season. A second 10-day deal would essentially have Johnson helping the Griz until they reach All-Star Weekend. "I root for these between-the-crack guys," general manager Chris Wallace said. "He's a confident guy without being overbearing about it. He's been a seamless fit. Hopefully, he can keep it up." Memphis Commercial Appeal

Wallace and vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger were impressed by Johnson last month at the D-League showcase. Wallace was sold when he later booked a trip to Reno to watch Griz rookie Tony Wroten. Circumstances dictated that Wroten remain with Memphis but Wallace went to Reno anyway. Coincidently, Johnson was in town with his Rio Grande Valley squad, providing for that team exactly what he's giving the Griz. "The best thing is he's not a guy who needs the ball," Wallace said. "He's not a ball-stopper. We didn't need a guy coming in who needed to monopolize the ball to score." Memphis Commercial Appeal

January 29, 2013 Updates

Both center Chris Johnson and swingman Michael Gelabale will be around a little while longer. Both signed a second 10-day contract with the Timberwolves, the team announced Tuesday. That means the team was granted another roster injury exception. Johnson has appeared in five games for the Wolves, averaging 9.2 points while shooting 18-for-25 (72.0 percent). He has also averaged 3.8 rebounds while playing 17.2 minutes per game. Johnson, who was in training camp with the Wolves, came back to Minnesota from San Jose of the Development League. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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