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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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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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If Antic is signed it most likely means that unrestricted free agent Ivan Johnson will not return. The Hawks have shown intersted in bringing Johnson back however they have made several moves this offseason to bolster their frontcourt. Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Elton Brand and Antic would be guaranteed contracts. The team also has second-year forward Mike Scott on a non-guaranteed contract. and yet-to-be-signed draftees Lucas Nogueira and Mike Muscala. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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