Johnson was the perfect fit for the Knicks. His tough, rugged style was exactly what the Knicks needed on the court. Unfortunately, a theme that has gone on here for years, the Knicks are way over the cap and only have veteran’s minimum contracts available.
Ivan, who was looking for more money or a long-term contract, preferably both, was in discussion with NY on a veteran’s minimum contract. However, money prevailed as usual and Johnson is off to China. Terms are not disclosed, but as soon as I hear I will let you know. Stay tuned!
With no NBA out clause, Ivan Johnson has signed a one-year contract with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association, a league source told RealGM.
Johnson, the 6-foot-8 free agent forward, received interest throughout NBA free agency, and his four finalists were the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, a source said. He decided to accept a more lucrative deal in China – where he spent the 2011 season – instead of continuing to wait for an organization to enhance its offer.