26-year-old forward James Johnson has been getting lukewarm interest from NBA teams for what seems like most of the off-season. However, with training camp just a little over a week away from beginning, Johnson still has no contract offers, but he does have an invite to training camp finally.
According to a report from Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Johnson was offered and has accepted a training camp invite from the Atlanta Hawks. Vivlamore points out that there were rumblings that Johnson had signed a contract with the Hawks, but sources close to the team say that it is only an invite to camp.
Despite being in the league for four years now, Johnson has already bounced around to three different teams. After starting quite often for the Toronto Raptors in the from the tail-end of the 2010-2011 season when he was traded there until the end of the 2011-2012 season, he saw his role decline last year with the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings.
Able to play both forward positions, Johnson wasn’t wildly successful last season. He averaged just 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16.3 minutes per game last season while posting an atrocious 44.2 true shooting percentage. On both ends of the floor, Johnson was unable to have much of an impact when he saw the floor.
Though his versatility to play both the small and power forwards would be a nice luxury for the Hawks, it’s hard to imagine him making their final roster based on his recent performance. It’s not out of the question to think that he could have more success in a better situation, but there really isn’t much room for Johnson in the Hawks solidly set rotations at both forwards. He could prove himself and wind up getting a deal from somewhere, but I’d be surprised if it was from the Hawks.
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