The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Alize Johnson to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Johnson (6’7”, 212) originally signed a 10-day contract with Brooklyn on March 22 before signing a second 10-day on April 1. In six games with the Nets, Johnson has averaged 7.8 points on 65.7 percent shooting from the field to go along with 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 13.4 minutes per game. In his first game suiting up for Brooklyn on March 24 at Utah, Johnson registered team highs with 23 points and 15 rebounds to go with three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of action off the bench.
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George Langberg: Never wavered, always worked @AlizeJohnson out the MUD!!
Adrian Wojnarowski: Forward Alize Johnson has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets worth up to $4.1 million, his agent @George Langberg tells ESPN. Johnson’s productivity parlayed two consecutive 10-day contracts into the new deal with the Nets.
The Nets can’t give Johnson a third 10-day deal. They’ll have to make a decision on the intriguing 24-year-old forward: let him go or give him a full roster spot, fish or cut bait. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I try to just go out there and not think about that. If it happens, it does,” Johnson said. “But right now, I’m just focused on the next game, and everything else will take care of itself.”
The Nets can give Johnson part of their taxpayer mid-level exception, signing him for the rest of the season or even to a three-year deal. Coach Steve Nash was coy as to their plans.
Kristian Winfield: Steve Nash reiterated that the Nets are very pleased with Alize Johnson’s contributions to the team. Says he has no update on his contract status.
Brian Lewis: Whether the #Nets bring him back or no, Landry Shamet said Alize Johnson has proved his #NBA worth: “He’s put a good product on the floor. Teams would be stupid not to scoop him up.”
Alex Schiffer: Alize Johnson said he hasn’t heard much on his situation after tomorrow, when his second 10-day contract runs out. Adds he’s enjoyed his time as a Net. Remembers playing with Kyrie in 2K as a kid.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Alize Johnson to a second 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Johnson (6’7”, 212) signed his first 10-day contract with Brooklyn on March 22 and recorded 23 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes in his lone appearance on March 24 at Utah. In 32 career games with the Nets and Indiana Pacers (2018-20), Johnson has posted averages of 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per contest.
Keith Smith: The Toronto Raptors have waived Oshae Brissett, Henry Ellenson and Alize Johnson. $300,000 dead money cap hit for Brissett. $50,000 dead money cap hit for Ellenson. Johnson was fully non-guaranteed, no cap hit for him.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F Alize Johnson has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Raptors, source tells ESPN. Johnson spent the past two seasons with the Pacers.
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Sarah K. Spencer: Trae Young is the 2nd-youngest player in NBA history to reach 1,800 career assists, per @HawksPR (behind LeBron James). He’s the 6th-fastest (204 career games) to do so, behind: Oscar Robertson, Tim Hardaway, Kevin Johnson, Mark Jackson, Chris Paul.
Last week, Toni Kukoč had just visited the Croatian gym where he played for Jugoplastika Split as a teenager when Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called him with some exciting news. Kukoč is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. “Maybe it was in the script,” Kukoč said Sunday in a Zoom interview with NBC Sports Chicago from Croatia. “It was destiny.”
The fact he accepted a bench role for the Bulls’ second three-peat teams, winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in 1996, when his talent would have led him to starting — and starring — on lesser teams is also noteworthy. “The first time I met Michael (Jordan) and Scottie (Pippen) was at the ‘92 Olympics in Barcelona and it wasn’t the greatest experience for me. And according to the first game, they were probably going, ‘Oh my gosh, do we really need him?’” Kukoč said, laughing. “But I ended up over the years I guess, actually right now I can say it being a Hall of Famer: I proved myself to them, I proved myself to the coaches, I proved myself to the fans of Chicago that I was worth taking a chance on.”
Toni Kukoc: “The only way to play with Michael and Scottie and Phil is they force you to practice hard to play hard, to give your max every single day just for those moments. So when those moments happen, I don’t want to say it’s expected. But in a way, it is. And you’re ready to perform.”