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Trail Blazers ink Chris Johnson to deal for remainder of season

Mar 14, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

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The Blazers want some extra depth at center. Hard to blame them.

So they have inked D-League standout Chris Johnson to a deal for the rest of the season (Ridiculous Upside had this first and the Blazers confirmed it via press release). Johnson was up for a 10-day deal with the Blazers earlier this season, then he also did a 10-day stint with the Celtics after they were shorthanded following the Kendrick Perkins trade.

Johnson was selected to the D-League All-Star team playing for the Dakota Wizards.

He will be eligible for the Blazers playoff roster. He will be playing behind Marcus Camby and providing some depth behind LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers just signed Jarron Collins to a 10-day contract, this may be a sign he will not stick with the team beyond that.

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