A source close to the power forward informed CSNNW.com that Johnson is issuing NBA teams a two-week deadline to come up with a reasonable offer. If no NBA offer presents itself, Johnson will bite on one of his several overseas offers.
The source who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of these talks says, “Johnson will be fine either way, as long as he is playing the game of basketball.”
The New York Knicks were one of the NBA teams inquiring about Johnson early on, however they have not reached out at the same regularity, another source told CSNNW.com.
New York is a team Johnson is still interested in even though all they can offer at this point is the veteran’s minimum, the source close to Johnson revealed.
I believe New York definitely wants to add Ivan Johnson to their squad. However, I understand Ivan’s point of view. Money is king in the NBA, especially for players that have not made their bank yet. Why should Ivan join the Knicks at the veteran’s minimum? If it was me I would do it, but it makes sense to sign over in Europe for more money.
If Johnson decided to accept the Knicks veteran’s minimum, it would add toughness at the PF/C that the Knicks only have with the older Kenyon Martin. Ivan is in the mold of a Charles Oakley/Anthony Mason. If any of you know who I am talking about then this would be the ideal 15th player for the NY Knicks. Is this likely to happen? No, but once in a blue moon a player will take the pay cut and sign on with a team that has playoff swag. Stay tuned!