NBA Rumor: Amir Johnson Free Agency

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“Our experience with Amir last year confirms to us, on so many levels, that he is a perfect fit for our young and developing team,” said Brown. “His work ethic, leadership and buy-in to team-first basketball, all comes to mind when I think of his value to our ball club and his acceptance of a back-up role to All-Star Joel Embiid is priceless. We are thrilled to have Amir and his family back in our program and I know this feeling is a shared by all of his teammates.”
4 years ago via ESPN

Ian Begley: Suitors for free agent big man Amir Johnson include the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN. Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, played six seasons in Toronto before playing his last two in Boston, establishing himself in both spots as a tireless worker, on-court leader and strong rebounder. The 30-year-old averaged 6.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 20 minutes per game last season for the Celtics. Free agency begins at 12:01 on Saturday.
4 years ago via ESPN

Your contract expires after the season and the Celtics have a couple young big men stashed overseas. Have you thought about your future beyond this season? Johnson: “I haven’t thought about it. My summer plan is just like getting my daughter’s room in order and building the play set in the backyard. That’s it. That’s my mindset. I’ll be doing the same things: getting my body right during the summer, being prepared for games. I’m really the type of player that can really just go out there and play with anybody, whether I’m starting the game or coming off the bench, I can give a little bit of something. Hopefully I can come back here and continue what we’ve got going. I was with Toronto for six years and Detroit for four. I’ve been here for two years. I haven’t been going team to team, just one-year rides. You see some guys that go to different teams every year. I kind of like to stay in one place for a while.”
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Tyronn Lue: 'I'm big on pressure'

Shortly after his hiring, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer called Lue “the best coach in the NBA” considering he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers when they won the 2016 NBA title and appeared in four consecutive Finals. No pressure, but the Clippers have expected the same thing since acquiring Leonard and George two years ago. “I’m big on pressure,” Lue said. “If you don’t have pressure, that means you don’t have a chance at winning a championship. When you talk about pressure, that means you’re in a situation to win. That’s what I want to do. I want to be one of the greatest coaches. In order to be great, you have to win.”
Throughout the Clippers’ playoff series against Dallas and Utah, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, Jazz coach Quin Snyder and Clippers players all praised Lue for his in-game adjustments while convincing players to accept the changes. ““I try to think two or three steps ahead. I think my coaching staff does a great job of that,” Lue said. “We want to make sure when they make adjustments, we already know the adjustments they’re going to make and have a counter for it. So just try to prepare for it before they do it, understand what they’re trying to do and anticipate what their adjustments might be.”
June 20, 2021 | 12:41 am EDT Update