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Report: Chris Johnson will be signed for the rest of the season

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) February 6, 2014 Celtics News, Chris Johnson 16 Comments

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Adrian Wojnarowski (who else) reports:

On the surface, there is really no issue in keeping Johnson: The Celtics will still have an extra roster spot upon his signing, they will not be put in danger of paying any luxury tax, and they will get an energy player that will have a positive influence on a young team.

The real question here is why Danny Ainge decide that the extra roster spot wasn’t necessary as we no move within two weeks of the trade deadline.  Ainge is not one to handcuff himself, especially not in this situation.  Johnson has done well for the Celtics, but he is, in reality, as expendable as a player can be in this situation.

My initial reaction is that Ainge hasn’t come across a deal that will require two open roster spots or that will be impacted by the $200,000 or so in Johnson’s salary.  So any one-for-three or two-for-four types of deals aren’t happening.  Those would be the types of big-name + salary for future young talent deals a lot of people have fantasized about that don’t seem to be happening.

Of course, that’s just a guess… and Ainge could always cut someone if a GM surprises him with a spectacular offer.  But I think more than signing a good, young player who is busting his ass, Ainge may be signalling that this trade deadline might not bring a blockbuster of a deal.

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  • eddysamson

    Doesn’t he now become a trade piece with his non-guaranteed contract?

  • Curt Hays

    John, can’t Ainge still cut Keith Bogans?

    • eddysamson

      I dont know whether he can or can’t, but I know he won’t since Bogans is probably the most valuable trade asset (that we aren’t asking the moon for) that we have. I think its even more desirable than Humphries’ expiring although I forget exactly why.

      • Curt Hays

        That’s right, he’s there for trade bait. Thanks for the reminder. It is more desirable because it’s a cheaper salary that is not guaranteed.

    • Rjd12345

      He can be cut for the roster spot. His salary would still count on the books though and DA wouldn’t be able to trade his non-guaranteed contract in the offseason.

  • GreenbirdCro
    • Curt Hays

      Were you the one posting about Croats the other day? Congrats.

      • GreenbirdCro

        :)
        Touche! Ty

    • bill_nair

      Saric fan? Can you offer any insight on his game I’m interested

      • GreenbirdCro

        Thanks for the interest.
        He has really improved his body, game and mentality over the last year (after having unnecessary distractions with his contract.
        The turmoil in his club (Cibona Zagreb) leading to several starters leaving has been a blessing for him. Not only did he got an increase in PT but he took the challenge by the horns and became a leader of the team which is now not a joke anymore but legit contender for the Final Four of the Adriatic League (Google it freely, it ain’t a joke however it may seem to those uninformed). Saric has much more strength, confidence and even more understanding of the game then before. He can still improve his shooting touch but mind the fact that he’s been receiving greater attention by the opposing teams’ D. We all know that this part of the game can be drilled, but you can’t train that easily that size to move so quickly and to have such high BB IQ.You should also know that guy has a freakin motor. Which is fantastic that his body can follow impeccable winner’s mentality. Throughout his young career he has grown accustomed to Ws (& being one of their biggest reasons) and he simply hates loosing. Now, the beautiful thing about it is that, given his high IQ, he’s not a type of player that will jack up shots . You can expect more of Lebronish style with drives and assists . Nevertheless he won’t shy from taking the last shot. He’s also a great teammate but not just for laugh as he holds everyone accountable, even guys a decade older than himself. I’m honestly scared with the possibility (although not high) he may become a Celtic. I’m incomparably greater Cs fan than my compatriots one. Out of all of you, my expectations would be much, much higher. Rest assured. But believe me, he should be on the radar. Especially, if top guns decide to stay in school. We could use Saric immediately, or stash him in Europe for another (and final) year of PT & growth.

        • GreenbirdCro

          Just forgot to add… He was voted as YPoY in Europe thanks not to the hype of fans but to the votes of experts. & then by some margin. Check that and other so coveted names via the first link… Cheers from Croatia! :)

          • bill_nair

            Thanks for the info. Ive known very little about him this year and last year but still being considered a top-10 pick keeps me intrigued. Is he more of a 3 or 4?

            Interestingly enough, despite knowing nothing of him, I hoped the celtics grabbed him last year. I just know hes a good point-forward and we could use another playmakers on this roster.

          • GreenbirdCro

            He can play 1/3/4
            It would be great to surround Rondo with high IQs like Sully & Kelly
            DS could fit nicely into that kind of mold

  • Dustin Chapman

    I don’t think a big deal is happening either, but I don’t think it has much to do with keeping Johnson around. If a big deal were to come up, it’s not like the Celtics don’t have anyone they could throw into a deal, especially those on rookie contracts. A blockbuster trade doesn’t have to be 1-for-3 or 2-for-4, it’s all about the assets. Again I doubt it happens, but I don’t see why there couldn’t be a 2-for-3 type of deal that would hypothetically include picks.

    • Dustin Chapman

      I do expect one or two smaller deals, though. I would be very surprised if Bogans is a Celtic (not that he really is right now…) after the deadline.

  • bill_nair

    I’m glad. He’s played really well. Let’s hope he can be a better/cheaper alternative to lee.