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Mavericks sign Ivan Johnson

Jul 29, 2014, 5:37 PM EDT

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Ivan Johnson sure made an impression at summer league.

Returning from China, the former Atlanta Hawk vigorously wants back in the NBA, and this is a major step in the right direction.

Mavericks team release:

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Ivan Johnson.

There are conflicting reports about terms of the contract.

Enea Trapani of Sportando:

Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

The level of Johnson’s guarantee could be crucial. Not only does it offer him assurance in case the Mavericks waive him before the season, it might determine whether they waive him in the first place.

Johnson gives Dallas 16 players – one more than the regular-season limit.

Rookie forward Eric Griffin has just $150,000 of his contract guaranteed. If Johnson and Griffin play at similar levels during training camp, the player with the smaller guarantee would likely be waived.

Even with this contract, Johnson is not a lock to play in the NBA next season, but if he does, he’ll add a little toughness to the talent-rich Mavericks. He’d have a niche, which only helps his case to make the final roster.

  1. spursareold - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Ivan Johnson is a nut job.

    • dacapt704 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      He just plays with an edge and doesn’t take __ from anyone on the court. If you played for as many teams as he has, you’d scrap every minute you’re on an NBA court too…teams need a goon to protect their stars

      • spursareold - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Plenty of guys play with an edge without going over one.

  2. celticpride603 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Good pickup for the Mavs. He is a great hustle player to have coming off the bench and also brings grit and toughness to the team. Mavs have had a really good offseason overall.

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Someone needs to edit some Hunt For Red October and Ivan Johnson highlights together. “Crazy Ivan”

  4. campcouch - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    26/9 in China, but here he just adds toughness. Is that league that bad?

    • lenbias34pt - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      I think the answer is yes.

      Who has come from that league and done more than nothing in the NBA?

      • elcaminobilly - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:43 AM

        Yao Ming

  5. atlbrave5 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I don’t understand how guys like this have such a difficult time sticking around in the league. Yes, he is not polished and probably has a bad attitude, BUT he actually brings SOMETHING to any team he is on. There are a ton of NBA teams paying MILLIONS of dollars to players that don’t bring a darn thing to the team. Most of these guys you can find sitting BEHIND the bench in a suit watching the game and still picking up a min salary or more NBA size check! Ivan will play, battle, change the game for a quarter and can barely make a roster. Goes to show you that these basketball front office guys are better at crunching figures than they are at seeing who the difference makers are. This guy deserves to be on any team in the league whether he plays every night or not is a different story, but how could you not benefit from having an enforcer in the game, on the bench in practice..etc. Just to compare, go down the NBA rosters and you will find a bunch of no name, often injured players or people like Joe Johnson making MORE than Lebron James..that should tell you something!

    • spursareold - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Then enforcer meme went out with Pat Riley leaving NY.

      If he isn’t sticking, there must be reasons that are not public. He’s not THAT good of a player, and you really want your deep bench guys to be good guys, not some fool getting thrown out of a SL game.

  6. jadaruler - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Ivan said he was screw everything in frontof him to get his chance. Dirk and Chandler Parsons better watch out.

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