HoopsHype Ivan Johnson rumors

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The Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls have signed power forward Ivan Johnson to one of their two foreign import spots for the upcoming 2013-14 Chinese Basketball Association season. The 29-year-old makes his return to the Chinese league after a short stint with the Qingdao Doublestar Eagles in 2011. After playing six games for the Eagles, Johnson signed a contract with the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks. Afterwards, he spent two seasons with the Southeast Division side. The highlight of his time with the Hawks was being named as the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April, having averaged 10.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.45 steals. NiuBBall.com

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Italian team Scandone Avellino is interested in Ivan Johnson. The power forward will decide in a week if he will play outside the NBA next season. China and Italy are his priorities. Tuttobasket.net

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The New York Knicks were one of the NBA teams inquiring about Johnson early on, however they have not reached out at the same regularity, another source told CSNNW.com. New York is a team Johnson is still interested in even though all they can offer at this point is the veteran's minimum, the source close to Johnson revealed. Other NBA teams have inquired, and dialogue has occurred, but no offers have been made, said the close source. CSNNW.com

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Free agent forward Ivan Johnson has been engaged in preliminary conversations with six NBA teams, a source close to Johnson relayed to CSNNW.com. As reported by ESPNNewYork.com, the Knicks are one of the interested parties. However, the same source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said there isn't anything serious with these discussions at this point with Greg Oden, Lamar Odom and Antawn Jamison still out on the market. The source added that there is no front-runner for the services of Johnson. CSNNW.com

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Amid their search for a young big man who could provide interior scoring, rebounding and defense, the Knicks are having discussions with free agent Ivan Johnson, a player source told ESPNNewYork.com. ESPN.com

The 29-year-old Johnson, who became an NBA player in 2011 and has played for the Hawks, was initially campaigning for a mini mid-level contract. But with remaining attractive free agents like DeJuan Blair and Antawn Jamison in the veteran's minimum financial ballpark -- Blair signed with the Mavericks for that amount -- the free-agent market is quickly changing. "I think the mini mid-level will be tough to get at this time," the source said. ESPN.com

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