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Amir Johnson
PF - 6'9, 240lbs - 37 years old - 14 years of NBA experience
Free agent - In the G-League player pool
  • Birthdate: 05/01/1987
  • Drafted (NBA): 56th pick, 2005
  • Pre-draft team: Westchester HS
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Bill Duffy/Kevin Bradbury (BDA Sports)
2005 NBA DraftNBADrafted 56th overall by Detroit.
9th August, 2005NBASigned a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Detroit. Included team option for 2006/07.
27th February, 2006D-LeagueAssigned by Detroit to Fayetteville Patriots of the D-League.
17th April, 2006D-LeagueRecalled by Detroit from Fayetteville Patriots of the D-League.
30th June, 2006NBADetroit exercised 2006/07 team option.
8th January, 2007D-LeagueAssigned by Detroit to Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League.
22nd January, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Detroit from Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League.
27th February, 2007D-LeagueAssigned by Detroit to Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League.
13th April, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Detroit from Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League.
13th July, 2007NBARe-signed by Detroit to a three year, $11,000,001 contract.
23rd June, 2009NBATraded by Detroit to Milwaukee in exchange for Fabricio Oberto.
18th August, 2009NBATraded by Milwaukee, along with Sonny Weems, to Toronto in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Roko Ukic.
8th July, 2010NBARe-signed by Toronto to a partially guaranteed five year, $30 million contract.
9th July, 2015NBASigned a two year, $24 million contract with Boston.
8th July, 2017NBASigned a one year, $11 million contract with Philadelphia.
16th July, 2018NBARe-signed by Philadelphia to a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract.
Career Moves
July 2005 Detroit Pistons (Summer League)
August 2005 - June 2009 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
June 2009 - August 2009 Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
August 2009 - June 2015 Toronto Raptors (NBA)
July 2015 - June 2017 Boston Celtics (NBA)
July 2017 - present Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
Articles about Amir Johnson

June 29, 2017

Amir Johnson
PF, 6’9, 240lbs, 30 years old, 12 years of experience

A long since underrated starting power forward or third-big-in-a-three-big-man-rotation type who, unfortunately, is not that any more. Johnson's mobility is going, and so is his effectiveness; no longer with the mobility to defend his position nor attack the glass like he could, let alone run like his younger self, Johnson now exists as a reliable, unremarkable, solid, intelligent post player with the occasional ability to stretch the floor on the world’s slowest release, without the explosion and dynamicism of his youth. He just played 1,608 regular season minutes, but it would be a surprise to see him crack 1,200 again. As a free agent this summer, Johnson has an enormous cap hold that might be required elsewhere, so he could well be departing, unless he were to re-sign for the room MLE. That would be a bargain, but even then, finding a more athletic alter-native may be more valuable.

Player Plan: Expiring $12 million contract. If the cap space ambitions are to be re-alised, Johnson will need to be renounced, but if he will take the cap room MLE after-wards, that would be a good payment for his services. May get more elsewhere, though, even when considering his declining game (which should limit any deal to a maximum of two years).

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March 10, 2011

Aside from Derozan and the Waves, the other big cheer came for Sundiata Gaines, recent ten day contract signee of the Nets and a former Raptors guard, who came in for the first time in the fourth quarter and pretty much won the Nets the game. With his 7 points and 2 assists in the final 7 minutes of the fourth quarter, Gaines effectively closed out the game for New Jersey, the welcome recipient of a Toronto lineup that could not stop anybody for more than one possession in a row, and which also couldn't make a basket below the six minute mark. There was also quite a big cheer when Brook Lopez and the otherwise silent Amir Johnson (who somehow recorded a -31 in a game that was close throughout) threatened to throw hands after a hard foul in the fourth quarter.

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August 12, 2010

- One of the first signings announced in this free agency period was that of Amir Johnson, who last year backed up Chris Bosh in Toronto. He played well, being possibly Toronto's best defender and averaging 6/5 in 17.7 minutes per game with a PER of 16.7. The Raptors re-signed Johnson to a deal worth $30 million in base compensation (not $34 million as was widely reported), with incentives in the deal to potentially boost its value that are currently listed as "unlikely."

Amir's contract before incentives will pay him $5,000,000 next year, rising by $500,000 annually to a total of $7 million in the fifth and final year. However, that $7 million salary in the final year is only $5 million guaranteed; if Toronto (or whoever owns him at that time) waives him, that's all they'll pay him. He'll be off the team, of course, yet the team will save $2 million.

[...] In Amir Johnson's case, the unguaranteed portion of the deal means very little. His contract currently costs $6 million annually; all that waiving him will do will raise that per annum cost to $7 million. As unguaranteed contracts go, it's almost as useless as Eduardo Najera's current one, which had all but $500,000 guaranteed in his final two savings, for no obvious reason. (It is now fully guaranteed.) Nevertheless, the trend for including a partially guaranteed final season/s for non-star players continues.

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