Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported that Amir Johnson may be reuinted with the Toronto Raptors via free agency this summer. Johnson was a fan favorite in Toronto, and even expressed an interest in returning to the Raptors as he was leaving the team for Boston.
The Celtics will be clearing cap space to chase a star-level player this summer, and are likely to let Johnson walk as an unrestricted free-agent. That’s a significant decision given his role on the team. Johnson started 77 games for Boston this year, and was a quiet contributor on both ends of the floor.
His overall production was somewhat limited, and Johnson really struggled to stay on the court in the playoffs, but having someone willing to do the dirty work over the course of the regular season is important, and that is exactly the role he filled. The Celtics shelled out $12 million for it though, and likely would have preferred greater production at that price point.
Bringing back Johnson for anything more than the minimum is doubtful, and it would appear he already has at least one suitor willing to sit down at the table with him, likely willing to offer slightly more money. A return to Toronto is no guarantee, nor is a departure from Boston, but the writing seems to be on the wall a bit here. Johnson is unlikely to play for the Celtics next year.