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Celtics set to sign Chris Johnson for remainder of season
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On February 7, 2014 @ 8:47 am In General | 1 Comment
Thankful for another day!
Chris Johnson ‘s second 10-day contract expired at midnight, but the Celtics  have already informed the 23-year-old wing they will sign him for the remainder of the season. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news .
The 6-foot-6 Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 21.6 minutes over eight games in a Celtics  uniform, registering an impressive 60.9 true-shooting percentage. His performance convinced Celtics  president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to fill one of the team’s two open roster spots for a pro-rated minimum salary that translates into less than $500,000 against the cap.
“I think it’s a great story, but it’s not like it’s some miracle,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens  told reporters after Thursday’s practice. “It’s the result of hard work, doing the right things, not being scared of the moment, taking advantage of opportunities, those type of things.”
As the Celtics did with Chinese imports Shavlik Randolph, D.J. White and Terrence Williams last season, they are expected to give Johnson, who was playing for the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers three weeks ago, a non-guaranteed deal for next season that will keep him around until training camp.
Thanks to the Courtney Lee  deal, the Celtics still have roughly $1 million worth of wiggle room under the luxury tax line after signing Johnson, granting them some flexibility as the trade deadline looms.
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 Chris Johnson: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/chris-johnson.htm
 February 6, 2014: https://twitter.com/ChrisJohnson_4/statuses/431443327062650880
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 first reported the news: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/celtics-sign-forward-for-remainder-of-the-season-162804386-nba.html
 Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm
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 Courtney Lee: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/courtney-lee.htm
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