On January 17, the Boston Celtics took a chance on Undrafted FA Chris Johnson. A '6"6 Forward out of Dayton College, Johnson had the skills to become a solid bench player in the NBA. All he needed was a chance, a team that would be willing to give him a shot in the NBA. The Celtics were that team. With the departures of Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks, Boston was starting to look thin at the G position.
This is where Chris Johnson came in. He was signed to a 10-day contract beginning on the 17th. He made his anticipated debut just 4 days later against the Heat. He concluded with 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal. He went on to average 10 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals until his second 10-day contract on the 28th. His second 10-day contract will expire on Thursday. Boston must decide whether to keep him on-board for the rest of the season or cut him. He has averaged 8.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 1 SPG over the course of 20 days.
Johnson played college ball at Dayton College. He averaged 11.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 1.6 SPG during his junior season. While there, he also led his team to a 20-13 record during his senior season.
Boston does not want to pay the luxury tax this season. If they sign Johnson for the rest of the year, they will NOT go over the luxury, but they will lose a roster spot. Each roster spot is very crucial with the trade deadline looming over our heads.
"It's a complicated time of the year for us with the trade deadline coming up,"Qinge told CSNNE." We like everything about Chris. We're hoping to keep him around, but there's a lot more that prevents that from happening or could prevent that from happening."
Don't be suprised if the C's don't sign him for the reminder of the season at this point, solely because of the financial situation of the deal. Judging on his play, though, Johnson has definitely played well enough to deserve another contract. If Ainge doesn't pull off any big deals then expect Boston to sign him again if they don't come Thursday.