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Report: Knicks in talks with reserve big man Ivan Johnson

Aug 2, 2013, 8:48 AM EDT

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The Knicks are trying to round out the end of their roster, the guys who will rarely get off the bench but can provide a little something when they do.

We told you they are in talks with Jannero Pargo, a point guard who has bounced around but never stuck in the league.

Now comes the report they also are in talks with former Hawks reserve big man Ivan Johnson, according to Jared Zwerling at It just seems to be a matter of money.

The 29-year-old Johnson, who became an NBA player in 2011 and has played for the Hawks, was initially campaigning for a mini mid-level contract. But with remaining attractive free agents like DeJuan Blair and Antawn Jamison in the veteran’s minimum financial ballpark — Blair signed with the Mavericks for that amount — the free-agent market is quickly changing….

The source said, “I think it would be a great fit for Ivan to get big minutes [in New York] and further prove he can play in this league.”

The Knicks have 12 guys on their roster and could bring in a couple guys before the season starts.

While Johnson, a 6’8” traditional power forward, would be buried on the depth chart when you consider the injury history of the rest of the Knicks front line — Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, Andrea Bargnani — it is likely he would get some quality minutes.

When he’s gotten minutes Johnson has looked pretty good. Last season with the Hawks Johnson played in 69 games, averaged 15 minutes with 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds a game.

Johnson plays a physical game Knicks fans would love (he likes to be almost an enforcer), and with that he brings a lot of energy and good defense, he’s a strong rebounder and he can finish with authority around the rim. When he just does those things he’s good, but he can take some ill-advised shots and in setting up those shots he can turn the ball over too much. When he plays within himself he’s a quality role player, he just gets outside that role sometimes.

That said, at the minimum this would be a quality pick up for the Knicks bench.

  1. adamsjohn714 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    He’s serviceable for a two year rental style contract. It seems like the knicks are interested in everybody, or maybe yahoo is too interested in the knicks.

  2. fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    well if the roster isn’t filled out they should be interested in the players available.

  3. eboneseagles - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I realized even though they’ve been linked to nearly every free agent at some point they haven’t signed a single one. Hopefully they can get Johnson though, would be a quality signing.

    • eboneseagles - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      That’s of course leaving out their own like JR, Martin and Prig.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Ivan Johnson = straight up thug.

    Besides being cheap, Knicks bringing him in to antagonize Kevin Garnett.

    • nycalldayz - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Aantagonize Kevin Garnett? Thug? So it’s about adding another knuckle head on the Knicks roster and not actual guys that can contribute to help improve the Knicks. Garnett might of done some perplexing things while being in Boston, but u Knicks fans need to get KG and Pierce out of your mind, body and soul.

      You can’t get mad at Garnett, Pierce, Rondo, Lebron, Kobe, Jordan and Miller for being Knick killers it’s apart of the game. If the Knicks get Ivan which is possible, then you can add him to Artest, Martin, Smith and Shumpert. That’s knuckle heads galore.

      • tdot1091 - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Wait, how in the world is Shump a knucklehead??!?!!??!??

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    “Almost” an enforcer?! How ’bout IS. He would be a great fit on the Knicks. Fans would love him and his style of play out there.

  6. damp1015 - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I would love them to pick him up. Ivan, Metta, Kenyon, yea GOON SQUAD.

    • ramiejosol - Aug 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      I love Ivan Johnson., the way he play … The way he moves .., he is good and powerful in the rim.. Let’s go Knicks .. ..

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