Amir Johnson, Raptors Share Mutual Interest in Reunion
After six, re-surging years with the franchise, the Toronto Raptors and fan-favourite power forward, Amir Johnson parted ways two years ago.
Receiving a two-year, $24-million offer from Atlantic Division rivals, the Boston Celtics, the then 27-year old Johnson pounced at the offer, one which the Raptors simply could not match. Johnson didn’t not leave ‘The 6ix’ quietly, posting a heartfelt message to Raptor fans on his personal twitter account.
— Amir Johnson (@IamAmirJohnson) July 2, 2015
Fast forward two years, Johnson is set to enter free agency this summer and it appears, according to reports at least, that the Raptors and the 30-year old Johnson share mutual interest on a reunion.
In six seasons with the Raptors, Johnson averaged 8.8-points, 6.3-boards, and 1.1-blocks per game, with his best season coming in 2013-14, a year in which he averaged 10.4 points on 56% shooting and 6.6-rebounds per contest.
This past season with the Celtics, Johnson averaged 6.5-points and 4.6-rebounds per game, while seeing a huge drop-off in minutes in the postseason where he was essentially a non-factor.
Known for his defense and hustle in his time with the Raptors, Johnson seems to be an interesting plan B option at this point. With Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson, and P.J. Tucker all headed to free agency, the Raptors will have a lot of work to do this summer to put together and contender for next season.
Whether or not Johnson is part of that contender, only time will tell.