HoopsHype Ivan Johnson rumors

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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

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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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Ivan Johnson, 30, wasn’t a fan of the food or smells during his one season in China. As one of the more experienced free agents at the Nets’ workout Wednesday (there were 31), he’s less concerned with money and looking to get back in the NBA. “The money is good in China, it’s just the living situation, the eating situation. But I pulled through,” Johnson said. “The food (was a problem). They don’t cook it all the way through. The room smells like a sewer. There’s a lot of stuff you gotta deal with over there. I dealt with it though. I had to.” New York Daily News

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DeSean: What's up with Ivan Johnson? Jorge Sierra: Ivan Johnson recently finished the season with Zhejiang in the Chinese League, where he put up monster numbers – like pretty much every decent American player that goes over there. We're told he's had some private workouts with NBA teams this week and will have some more the following one. He's one of the best free agent big men available, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the NBA before the regular season comes to an end. HoopsHype

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Even after upcoming signings in the frontcourt, the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets remain possible suitors for Ivan Johnson, league sources told RealGM. Johnson has been in dialogue with other interested NBA teams, too, and has recently worked out for several organizations. No frontrunner has emerged. The Clippers had been a finalist for Johnson in free agency last offseason. After failing to receive a desired free-agent contract, Johnson signed with Zhejiang of the Chinese Basketball Association. He averaged 26 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals in 24 games with Zhejiang this season, before his release in late January. RealGM

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