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Somebody wants to play in Toronto: Amir Johnson re-signs with Raptors

Jul 1, 2010, 9:58 PM EDT

Raptors_logo.gifFrom the refreshing change of pace category:

“Amir (Johnson) didn’t want to play the free agency game,” (his agent Kevin) Bradbury said. “He wanted to go back to Toronto. He’s young and he has security and a lot of basketball left in him.”

And so he has agreed to a five-year, $34 million deal, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo (he also gave us the quote above). The deal can’t be signed for a week, but everyone is on board.

And yes, that is an insanely large contract for a backup big man. That just seems to be the way of the world today, but you have to think the Raptors could have gotten him for less.

Johnson gave the Raptors a solid presence off the bench last year, 17.7 minutes at the forward spot, about 6 points — he doesn’t shoot a lot but when he does he makes it, hitting 62 percent last season — and 5 rebounds a game. Bottom line, he was efficient, reflected in his above average PER of 16.7.

Johnson could have a bigger role with the Raptors next season, depending on the makeup of the team in the wake of Chris Bosh leaving (we all know he’d leaving, right?). But $34 million? 

  1. Sean - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    His stats dont sound very impressive, but he has a ton of potential. He broke out for some huge games this season, a few 20 point games, a few 12 – 14 rebound games. Being the last ever high school player drafted before the new rule was enabled, he is still very young at 23. Consider the first 5 years of his career his college education. This kid is ready to break out.

  2. Samuel - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Wow that is alot of $ for somebody that has not done anything in the league. This is a victory for the players union,when owners play broke and than give this guy this kind of money.

  3. Joe Dumars - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Hahahahahaaaaaaaa! Amir Johnson – $34M? Hahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!!!!

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