According to a congratulatory tweet from Priority Sports management firm, James Johnson has signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is most likely just a training camp invitation. The Hawks have been busy working out players, and already extended camp invites to Eric Dawson, David Lighty, Royal Ivey and Damien Wilkins. If the report is accurate, Johnson will be the fifth non-roster camp invite and the 19th player on the Hawks’ team heading into training camp. He worked out for the Hawks last month.
Drafted in 2009 by the Bulls 16th overall, the 6’9″ forward spent his first year and a half in Chicago before being traded in February of 2011 to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a 2011 first-round pick. Johnson started every game when he first arrived in Toronto, and put up the best numbers of his short career, setting career-high’s in points (9.2), rebounds (4.7), assists (3.0) and field-goal percentage (.464).
Despite his success in Toronto, he was traded the following offseason to Sacramento in exchange for a 2014 second-round draft pick. Johnson had a mediocre year with the Kings last season, averaging 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game, while shooting 41.3 percent from the field in 54 contests (11 starts) as a third-string power forward.
Johnson has career averages of 6.3 ppg and 3.2 rpg, along with a 12.4 PER in 219 games.