Celtics agree to deal with Amir Johnson


BOSTON – A league source confirmed that the Celtics have come to terms with free agent forward Amir Johnson.

The two-year, $24 million deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

By adding the 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward to the fold, Boston improves its frontcourt depth with a player who falls under the category of being a “young” veteran.

Johnson is just 28, yet will be entering his 11th NBA season after the Detroit Pistons drafted him in the second round in 2005. 

He averaged 7.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, which includes spending the past six seasons with the Toronto Raptors.

Johnson will enter training camp as a likely starter for the Celtics at the power forward or center position.

While he’s not a huge shot-blocker – he’s never averaged more than 1.7 per game – he is known for his interior defense and rim protection.

The Boston Herald reports that the second year of Johnson's deal is non-guaranteed.



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