The San Antonio Spurs' training camp is still months away but it doesn't mean the front office and coaching staff are not diligently working out players in the hopes of adding some help to get the team back to the NBA Finals.
According to Real GM.com, the Spurs, among other teams, are set to work out free agent forward James Johnson.
Johnson played a complete season with the Chicago Bulls in 2009-10, but he was traded to the Toronto Raptors the next year and averaged 9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds in 2011-12. Johnson, 26, spent last season as mostly a reserve for the Sacramento Kings.
Johnson is 6'9", 248 lbs. out of Wake Forest. He is a four year NBA pro.
With the Spurs stacked at the guard position, seeing the team shift their attention to adding size is not surprising.
Moreover, the team does have one roster spot left and it going to a big man would seem likely.
@autrader1 Sure, the Kings experience was poor - but you know, Danny Green was cut from the Cavs to make way for Manny Harris. This guy has some NBA level skills he brings to the table. Give him some quality time with the coaches, a system that uses its players strengths and a clearly defined role and let's see what we will see.
@autrader1 You said it right. "The Sac Kings" - a dysfunctional organization that spent all last season trying to decide where to move. A team whose best player (Demarcus Cousins) is a head case. What else is there to say? Young players don't develop in these kind of scenarios; they just survive and hope to stay in the NBA. At least with the Spurs, coaching staff will actually investigate and push Johnson to see if he can really play at this level. It's a low risk move by the Spurs.
Interesting. Johnson has great defensive intensity, ideal size and should fit into our locker room pretty well. In the past he has struggled with his decision making and shooting - Chip and the rest of the team would have to work hard with him I think. But if he can cut turnovers, make smarter plays and find some areas of the floor he can knock down shots from (corner three is always a good starting point) he could fit in well. Still only 26 - he should have a lot of basketball left in him.