HoopsHype Ivan Johnson rumors

December 17, 2014 Updates

Now with the D-League’s Texas Legends, however, Johnson’s fiery attitude has cost him a one-game suspension. The official release: The NBA Development League today announced that Texas Legends forward Ivan Johnson has been suspended for one game for making contact with a referee during a Dec. 9 game at the Austin Spurs. The incident occurred with 3:54 remaining in the second quarter of the game and resulted in Johnson being issued a technical foul. NBCSports.com

December 5, 2014 Updates

The Texas Legends have acquired forward Ivan Johnson from the available player pool. Johnson (6-8, 255, Cal State San Bernardino) played for the Dallas Mavericks in NBA Summer League and four games of the 2014-15 preseason, averaging 5.2 points and 2.5 rebounds. In 2 seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Johnson averaged 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.8 minutes in 125 games. Prior to being signed by the Hawks, Johnson played in 49 games with the Erie Bayhawks averaging 22.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals and was selected to the NBA Development League All Star Game in 2011. Johnson is expected to join the Legends tonight as they host the Oklahoma City Blue on Chihuahua Court at 7pm. Legends fans can catch all the action live on the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel. NBA.com

The rich just get richer, right? Well, that’s not always the case in the NBA D-League even though it may seem that way when a player like Ivan Johnson lands in the laps of the Texas Legends, a team who already boasts one of the more talented rosters in the NBADL. Texas was given an order priority due to the fact Ish Smith has been called up for 21 consecutive days. It is a rule in the NBADL that essentially propels a team that may have lost a top talent (i.e. an NBA Call-Up), into the top position of the waiver list in order to have first choice of any player available in the NBA D-League Player Pool. Often times, teams will communicate with agents and players about their waiver order position in order to secure them. Even more, players have been known to wait out periods of time to ensure they’ll be selected by a certain NBADL team. There has been no indication that the Legends did this specifically regarding Johnson, but it pays to know where you stand as far as order priority goes if you’ve had a player called up for 21 days. Essentially, a team could time it right when a player of their liking becomes available in the NBA D-League player pool. D-League Digest

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David Alarcon: According to my source, Ivan Johnson is discussing options in the NBA and internationally. He will make a decision within the next couple of weeks. Twitter @DAlarcon_NBA

October 26, 2014 Updates

The Mavs reached the NBA maximum of 15 players Saturday when they waived center Bernard James, guard Doron Lamb and forward Ivan Johnson. Most of the $915,243 James was slated to make this season is guaranteed. But the Mavs decided the 3-point shooting Charlie Villanueva displayed in the eight preseason games outweighed what they received from James. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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What you see here is the Dallas Mavericks' Ivan Johnson getting tossed from a summer league game against the Charlotte Hornets for the crime of looking staring at an official and saying "Really, motherfucker?" after having fallen to the floor. Johnson appeared to trip or be pushed in the back on the play. After the ball went out of bounds, Johnson simply stared at the official, and that was apparently enough for an ejection. Update: As has been pointed out, Johnson also said "Really, motherfucker?" to the official. I had watched it in a Vine (with sound on) and didn't catch it. I apologize for not hearing the "motherfucker." Deadspin.com

July 10, 2014 Updates

The most intriguing player on the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league roster is a 30-year-old fresh off a “six-month practice” in China and hoping to get his foot back in the NBA door. The well-traveled Ivan Johnson, a thickly muscled, 6-foot-8 power forward who spent two seasons in the Atlanta Hawks’ rotation before heading overseas again last year, will basically be auditioning for every NBA team during the Las Vegas summer league. But there is mutual optimism that Johnson, who worked individually with coach Rick Carlisle after Wednesday’s practice, can earn a roster spot with the Mavs. “He’s more than just a summer league guy for us,” Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “We’re definitely taking a peak, and we like what we see.” ESPN.com

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But after his dreadful experience in China, Johnson doesn’t want to go overseas again. He wants back in the NBA. And he says there’s a chance he’ll take the minimum this time if it’s all he gets offered. “See last year, I just had had my second little son and I needed money to be comfortable, so that's why I went,” Johnson said. “I’m comfortable now, so I can come grind in the NBA.” ESPN.com

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