Despite his inspiring play over an eight game stint with the Celtics, there was speculation that in order to maintain more financial flexibility Boston might not re-sign Chris Johnson. After being inked to back to back 10-day contracts, Danny Ainge had to decide today whether to keep Johnson for the rest of the season or let him ago. It looks like Ainge has chosen in favor of the former:
The Boston Celtics plan to sign swingman Chris Johnson for the rest of the season, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 6, 2014
#Celtics will sign Chris Johnson remainder of this season, confirms story 1st reported by @WojYahooNBA
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) February 6, 2014
Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists over 21.6 minutes per game while shooting 40% from behind the arc (and 100% from the free throw line to this point). He's made the most of his opportunity since being called up from the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, often looking like the most energetic player on the floor. Johnson actually had his worst game as a Celtic last night, going scoreless for the first time while picking up 2 fouls in just 3 minutes of action.
Avery Bradley left yesterday's contest with ankle soreness, it's possible Bradley's re-aggravated injury could have influenced the decision to retain Johnson.
From Boston Herald Celtics beat reporter Mark Murphy:
League source said Celtics still negotiating with Chris Johnson, with possibility he may sign for an additional season. Deal is "probable."
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) February 6, 2014
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