HoopsHype JaJuan Johnson rumors


January 7, 2012 Updates

Celtics rookies JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore have combined for a mere 34 minutes of floor time through the first eight games of the 2011-12 season, but coach Doc Rivers said Friday night he's both encouraged by their early progress and that he would prefer not to send them to the D- League given their value to the parent club during a game-heavy season. "This year, I hope we can keep everyone up, honestly, because I think there will be games where guys will be sitting and guys will be going, so I don’t know about the D-League this year," said Rivers. "I don’t know if that hurts them or helps them, honestly, but we have to think about the team this year, and I think it would probably be better for them to hang around us." ESPN.com

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston-NO deal for David West still on hold, sources say. Waiting on NBA. C's rookies, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twan Moore discussed in deal. Twitter

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First-rounders will get guaranteed contracts once the lockout is over, so playing overseas may be more risky for them, because teams can void contracts if players return with a debilitating injury. So the representatives for Boston first-round pick JaJuan Johnson are not as eager to seek an overseas contract. According to Johnson’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, Johnson will remain in the States working out with former Michael Jordan workout guru Tim Grover in Chicago. “I don’t think it’s time for that yet, especially for a kid like JaJuan,’’ Bradbury said. “He’s got things he can improve before the season starts and he wants to be a Boston Celtic and so he’s going to do everything he can to focus on that.’’ Boston Globe

Many agents are convinced owners want to break the union and have little intention of negotiating. “We knew this lockout was coming, so if your agent was smart, you had a plan for this already,’’ Bradbury said. “There is not that sense of ‘Oh my God, the lockout is here.’ “We knew these guys weren’t going to be able to make money for a certain amount of time and we’re not sure how long that’s going to be. We’ll have to have a plan in place for a few months or for the whole season or whatever happens. We have a plan for each of those things, so they are not struggling.’’ Boston Globe

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Oden dominated, flashing all the bells and whistles that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft. But Painter saw something in Johnson. “He never backed down,’’ Painter said. “JaJuan always showed flashes, a blocked shot or a dunk. It really showed his promise. You knew he had a chance to be special. But you’re worried about the strength part of it.’’ Johnson turned that doubt into motivation. “He probably hears it every day,’’ Painter said. “You get tired of people talking about, ‘How’s the weather up there?’ They talked about Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was that way for him. He was that skinny.’’ Boston Globe

July 7, 2011 Updates

The lockout abruptly turned JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore back into civilians last week after they barely had time to taste the Celtics life. But that doesn’t mean the two rookies now have to wait by the phone for team president Danny Ainge’s call once the padlocks are removed with a new collective bargaining agreement. The agents for both players are exploring overseas options that could find either or both in a foreign league next winter. “It’s all over the board right now, but some Euroleague teams we’ve talked to are interested,” said Mark Bartlestein, who represents Moore. “It’s a day-to-day thing. We really don’t know yet.” Boston Herald

“E’Twaun certainly could end up overseas, and we’re talking to teams. If we find the perfect opportunity for him, then maybe we will make that move.” Boston Herald

“Everything is on the table, and we’ll see what’s best for our guys,” said Kevin Bradbury, the agent who is managing Johnson on behalf of Duffy. “Nothing is in stone here, but we’re looking at everything as an opportunity. We don’t know how this whole thing is going to turn out yet. Boston Herald

June 27, 2011 Updates

Johnson went on to play at Purdue University, where he earned several accolades, including Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Consensus First-Team All-American, and Pete Newell National Big Man of the Year, following a 20.5 point, 8.6 rebound, 2.3 block per game senior campaign. The tall, lanky kid who was almost cut from his seventh grade team had established himself as a talented big man ready to contribute in the NBA. “It’s sort of been like the ugly duckling story,” James said with a laugh. “I bet if you’d ask him, he’d still say you’d have to pinch him. This has been something he focused in on a lot in college. . . . He’s a product of hard work, great attitude, and great effort on his part.” CSNNE.com

Growing up there was no way for E’Twaun Moore to know that on June 23, 2011, he would be drafted 55th overall by the Celtics. Abe Brown, though, had a feeling the day would come when Moore would hear NBA commissioner David Stern call his name. “Like most seventh- or eighth-graders, he had his eyes wide open, just wondering what was next for him. I don’t think at that time he realized where he would be on that day," Brown, head coach of the East Chicago High School basketball team, told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. “I don’t know about the Celtics, but I would have said he would be drafted. I could tell he was going to go places back then.” CSNNE.com

Following winning the high school title, Moore played four years of college basketball at Purdue University. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in his senior year. Among his accolades, he won the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and became the second player from Purdue to be named All-Big Ten four times. “He has always been a leader, a stand-up kid, always on time, never had any problems out of him.” Brown said. “He always came in and played his hardest, did everything he was supposed to do and then some. He is deserving of what he got, going to the NBA.” CSNNE.com

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JaJuan Johnson is beginning to increase his stock, in the eyes of NBA types. The 6-foot-10 forward from Purdue improved greatly in each of his four college seasons and possesses a 7-2 wingspan. Scouts also like the fact Johnson hit 80 percent of his free throws last season. It’s always nice to have someone near the basket, drawing fouls and then knocking down freebies from the line. FOXSportsOhio

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