June 2, 2017, 9:08 am
Sean Deveney of The Sporting News is reporting that the Raptors and Amir Johnson could reunite this summer on the free agent market.
Johnson left Toronto two seasons ago to join the Celtics but apparently there’s mutual interest in a return to the North. The Raptors have plenty of balls to juggle in free agency with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka serving as their top two priorities while P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson are also hitting the market. It’s a lock that at least one combo forward leaves, paving the way for Johnson to return in a reserve role at a reasonable price. He was (and still is) much loved in Toronto thanks to his fan outreach and community work, so it’d be a win for the fans. Assuming no trades are made, there are currently five bigs on the roster (not counting Patterson and Tucker) but the Raptors may be interested in the combination of experience and a low price tag. Johnson wouldn’t have any fantasy value with the Raptors but could be a serviceable piece off the bench.