Skip to content

Ivan Johnson agrees to deal to play in China

Aug 29, 2013, 10:58 AM EST

Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks Getty Images

A couple weeks ago Ivan Johnson gave NBA teams an ultimatum: give me a decent offer of I’m going to play overseas next season.

Nothing came and Johnson was true to his word — he reached a deal to play next season in China, reports Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He will play with Zhejiang Chouzhou (that was Eddie Curry’s team).

Johnson  is a four/five with good size, he is a strong rebounder and a big body in the paint. Last season he played fairly well in a limited role for the Hawks, averaging 6.6 points on 52 percent shooting, But his reputation makes teams hesitant — he was banned from the Korean league after a gesture to a referee, led the D-League in technical fouls, and last season was fined and sent home during a road trip by the Hawks after he got in a bench spat with coach Larry Drew.

Still it is likely we see Johnson in the NBA late in the season — the Chinese season ends in February and Johnson will be an unrestricted free agent at that point. You can bet after some injuries and the grind of the long NBA season some teams will be jumping to add an NBA quality big man to the roster at that point.

Latest Posts
  1. Report: Mark Rachesky jumps into bidding for Hawks; price tag north of $900 million

    Mar 4, 2015, 6:14 PM EST

    Hawks pac man logo

    Don’t be shocked if the final price tag is close to $1 billion. Yes, for the Hawks.

  2. George Karl: Knicks could use a strong point guard next to Carmelo Anthony

    Mar 4, 2015, 5:15 PM EST

    Image (1) anthony_Karl-thumb-250x181-21662.jpg for post 6222

    Except you don’t really want a strong point guard in Phil Jackson’s triangle.

  3. P.J. Hairston has had a rough rookie season

    Mar 4, 2015, 4:30 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Charlotte Hornets Minnesota Timberwolves v Charlotte Hornets

    Some guys turn things around, bu Hairston has a lot of work to do.

  4. Ray Allen announces he will not play this season

    Mar 4, 2015, 2:58 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Allen celebrates a three point shot against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami Reuters

    Allen isn’t officially retiring just yet, says he’ll reassess things in advance of next season.

  5. Pelicans’ Anthony Davis a gametime decision Wednesday vs. Pistons

    Mar 4, 2015, 2:15 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New Orleans Pelicans Getty Images

    Davis has missed the last six games with a shoulder injury.

  6. Russell Westbrook confirms he will play Wednesday night vs. Sixers

    Mar 4, 2015, 1:28 PM EST

    He should put up numbers against the Sixers. Then again he puts up numbers on everyone.

  7. NBA admits missed foul call in final minutes of Timberwolves’ loss to Clippers

    Mar 4, 2015, 11:20 AM EST

    Andrew Wiggins, Spencer Hawes Andrew Wiggins, Spencer Hawes

    League is releasing officiating reports for all calls made in a close game’s final two minutes, and the results are fascinating.

  8. LeBron goes behind the back to avoid Avery Bradley on the break (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2015, 10:40 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images

    Nifty but necessary move by LeBron to earn the easy two points.

  9. Derek Fisher questions ‘character and integrity’ of players after Knicks lose to Kings by 38 points

    Mar 4, 2015, 9:20 AM EST

    Derek Fisher AP

    Knicks starting five combined for just 24 points, and New York trailed by as many as 44 before this one was finished.

Featured video

Is Derrick Rose the next Penny Hardaway?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. R. Westbrook (8636)
  2. K. Durant (8049)
  3. D. Rose (7361)
  4. A. Davis (7184)
  5. D. Cousins (7153)
  1. D. Howard (6948)
  2. J. Harden (6678)
  3. L. James (6649)
  4. P. George (6399)
  5. K. Irving (6354)