Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Report: Celtics to sign veteran Joe Johnson to 10-day contract

The Celtics are reportedly signing long-time veteran Joe Johnson to a 10-day contract via the NBA's hardship exception, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 6-foot-7 wing becomes the team's third replacement player following the signing of Justin Jackson over the weekend and C.J. Miles on Monday, as required by the league's new rule that recently went into place. Since Boston has four or more players in COVID Health and Safety Protocols (seven total), they needed to sign three replacement players.

Johnson, who's 40 years old, has not appeared in an NBA game since the 2017-18 season for the Houston Rockets. He did join the Detroit Pistons at the start of the 2019-20 season but was released before the team's final cuts. Since his last NBA game he's been playing and dominating in the BIG3 semi-pro league.

This will be Johnson's second stint in Boston, as the Celtics drafted him tenth overall in the 2001 NBA Draft. However, he only appeared in 48 games with the team before being traded to the Phoenix Suns for guard Tony Delk and forward Rodney Rogers.

He played a total of 17 years for his career in Boston, Phoenix, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Miami, Utah and Houston, while averaging 16.0 points on 44.1% shooting (37.1% from 3 and 80.2% from the free throw line), 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

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