Knicks Talk: Ivan Johnson off to China

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Peachtreehoops.com and RealGM.com have reported that Ivan Johnson, the rugged and rough PF, has signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese League.

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!

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

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.

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  • ★☆Zema Reps DS☆★

    Peter, you talk as as if other NBA teams either had more money or desired to spend it on him. NY had the mmle to give him (which he wanted) but they gave it to MWP and that was the better decision. Another undersized-for-a-center PF is redundant in NY. NY needs a 7-footer (a true center) to spell Tyson. You talk like NY is over the cap w/ nothing to show for it.

    They have no shortage of superstars on the roster. Yes, STAT has been hurt but who could’ve predicted that? Minnesota just gave Pek a huge contract and he’s NEVER played more than 65 games. Rose is injury prone etc. You seem to find things to complain about with NY b/c they don’t do things the way u think they should be done but you often forget that you’re not a GM and that making the “right” moves doesn’t guarantee a ch’ip .

  • Vernon

    No problem! We only want who wants to be here.
    He might’ve came on with less or no desire to play hard.