JD Shaw: 14-year NBA veteran Amir Johnson has signed in the TBT with The Money Team, a group ran by Floyd Mayweather. Johnson has seen action in 870 NBA games and last played in 2018-19 with Philadelphia.
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Marc Stein: The Nets strongly considered Amir Johnson for their frontcourt vacancy, as @NYTSports reported earlier this week, but turned their focus to Hall after striking deals this week to sign veterans Michael Beasley and Jamal Crawford
Marc Stein: Veteran center Amir Johnson has emerged as a prime target for the Nets, league sources say, in their search for roster reinforcements Brooklyn has been on the hunt for a big man since losing DeAndre Jordan and Nicolas Claxton
“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.”
Derek Bodner: Amir Johnson signing for the vet minimum, per @Jake Fischer and @Keith Pompey. Huge pay cut, dropping from $11m to $2.4m, and it gives the Sixers more flexibility by retaining the Room exception.
Keith Pompey: Johnson’s veteran minimum will actually be $2.39 million.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Amir Johnson is finalizing a one-year deal to return to the 76ers, league source tells ESPN.
The Knicks have a $3.4 million biannual exception or a minimum contract they could use on Williams. The Knicks have also inquired about power forwards Amir Johnson and Trevor Booker.
Darren Wolfson: Among many FAs the #Twolves have registered some level of interest: Tolliver, Nick Young, Lance Stephenson, Dante Cunningham, Amir Johnson, Trevor Booker, Jabari Bird, Ennis.
Brad Turner: Can confirm reports that Lakers and Clippers both have interest in Amir Johnson, per source. Both teams will talk with him today.
Keith Pompey: I’m hearing that Amir Johnson is receiving interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks.
Ian Begley: From earlier: The Knicks are one of the teams that’s reached out to veteran forward Amir Johnson on the first night of free agency, per ESPN sources. New York has been consistent in telling agents it strongly prefers to sign players to one-year deals this summer.
Ian Begley: The Knicks are one of the teams that’s reached out to veteran forward Amir Johnson on the first night of free agency, per ESPN sources. New York has been consistent in telling agents it strongly prefers to sign players one-year deals this summer.
Sean Deveney: The @Los Angeles Clippers and @Los Angeles Lakers have contacted free-agent C/F Amir Johnson about a vet’s deal on the first night of free agency. As @Darren Wolfson reported, the Timberwolves contacted him, too.
Nets Daily: Woj said 76ers and Celtics talked sign and trade for Amir Johnson with Jahlil Okafor going to Boston. Fell through.
Jeff Zillgitt: Can confirm Amir Johnson to 76ers on one-year, $11M deal. Johnson has relationship w/Colangelo from TOR days, excited to join young team.
Tim Bontemps: Sixers have had a pretty clear priority: give out one-year deals, and do so to grown-ups. Both Redick and Amir Johnson are great vets.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Amir Johnson has agreed to a one-year, $11M deal with Philadelphia, agent Kevin Bradbury tells ESPN.
Suitors for free agent big man Amir Johnson include the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets, league sources told ESPN. Houston Rockets also are expected to meet with free agent big man Amir Johnson, per source
Keith Pompey: Hearing #Sixers will make strong push to sign FA Amir Johnson. Source says don’t be surprised if he’s a Sixer next season.#staytuned
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.
Johnson started 77 games for Boston, but was the starter in only nine of the team’s 18 playoff games and did not play at all in four of them. But his Boston exit could lead Johnson back to his adopted home in Toronto. Multiple league sources told Sporting News this week that there is mutual interest in getting Johnson back onto the Raptors’ roster this summer.
Toronto’s priority remains finding a way to keep both point guard Kyle Lowry and power forward Serge Ibaka. That could be a tall order for a team with a little less than $30 million in cap space and about $50 million under the luxury tax. But once those issues are settled, bringing back Johnson is a strong consideration on Toronto’s list.
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.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Boston Celtics will pick up the 2016-’17 option on forward Amir Johnson, league source tells @The Vertical.
What’s more, unless the Celtics pull a stunner and sign Durant, they will almost certainly exercise its team option on forward Amir Johnson, who started 76 games for Boston last year. Johnson averaged 7.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, with 1.1 blocks playing 22.8 minutes per game last year. His option is worth $12 million, which in this summer’s market qualifies as a bargain.
Because of this free agent uncertainty, sources close to Johnson and Jerebko are saying they’ve been advised that the decision on whether to pick up one or both of their options could well come down to the final hours. Johnson is slated to make $12 million next season, and Jerebko is down for $5 million, but the Celts can opt out of those deals by serving notice by midnight Sunday (July 3rd).
He declined to comment on impending free agents Evan Turner (unrestricted), Jared Sullinger (restricted) and Tyler Zeller (restricted) — beyond saying that Turner had a “good year” — and said “nothing has been decided” on the contract options for Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson.
Alex Kennedy: Amir Johnson’s deal with BOS will officially be two years worth $24,028,750 (and I love the signing). He’s the highest-paid Celtics player.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Amir Johnson has agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
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