Atlanta Hawks Rumors: Team Working Out James Johnson, Would Mean Small Forward Depth
The Atlanta Hawks, after losing Josh Smith to free agency, have assembled a solid roster as they head into the 2013-2014 NBA season. With Al Horford still in house, the re-signing of Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver, signing DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap, and getting solid depth in the draft in free agency, this Hawks team definitely looks like a playoff team.
The Hawks have quality depth at point guard and in their frontcourt, but are somewhat lacking in depth on the wings, especially with Lou Williams’ return being somewhat uncertain, though he does hope to be back by training camp. At the small forward position, though, the Hawks are still pretty shallow, with only Korver and Carroll filling the position right now.
In the interest of adding a third option at the position for depth and injury insurance, the Hawks seem to be looking to add another forward. According to RealGM, the Hawks are one of three teams that will bring in 2009 first-round pick James Johnson for a workout.
Johnson spent last season, his fourth year in the league, with the Sacramento Kings and had uninspiring results. In 54 games he averaged only 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 16.3 minutes per game while shooting a meager 41.3 percent from the floor.
Over his career, Johnson has never really been able to have a breakout year or establish himself as anything more as a role player. He’s a solid defender, but doesn’t give teams much on the offensive end of the floor. However, if he were to sign with Atlanta, he would be a solid choice as a third option. He’s probably not going to be called on often, but if he is it wouldn’t be the worst thing.