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Toronto to trade James Johnson to Sacramento for pick

Jul 16, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

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The Kings have picked up a good wing defender who can give them some solid if not spectacular minutes, and do so at a good price.

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade James Johnson to the Sacramento Kings for a second round pick, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Other reports have confirmed this and the deal is expected to go down Monday.

Johnson started 40 games for the Raptors last year and was solid, averaging 9.2 points per game on 45 percent shooting. He’s not a great three-point shooter (31.7 percent last year, his best ever) but he can block shots and defend. He will make just $2.8 million next season.

Late last season the Kings tried moving Tyreke Evans to the three to free up more time for Isaiah Thomas at the point, but that was a failed experiment. Which means Evans will return to the backcourt and Johnson could be the starter at the three for the Kings.

  1. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Trade a 1st round pick for James Johnson. Trade him away for a 2nd round pick.

    Replace him with Landry Fields for 3 yrs 20 mil, who’s only his replacement because you signed him solely to block the Knicks from getting Nash…who we didn’t get either.

    Bryan Colangelo, ladies and gentlemen.

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