Who could be heading back stateside?
September 10, 2018, 10:40 amDakari JohnsonC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dakari Johnson is expected to sign a deal overseas in China with the Qingdao Eagles.
Johnson appeared in 31 games for the Thunder last season, but only averaged 5.2 minutes per game. Johnson was traded to the Magic during the offseason and was subsequently waived.
August 31, 2018, 5:14 pmDakari JohnsonC, Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have waived center Dakari Johnson.
Today's the NBA deadline to stretch a player and Johnson has one year and $1.3 million left on deal, which Grizzlies can stretch over 3 years at a minimum cap hit of just under $450K per season. He's already been traded twice this summer and while he'll probably get a camp invite, he won't be on anyone's fantasy teams.
Source: Michael Wallace on Twitter
July 20, 2018, 4:36 pmDakari JohnsonC, Orlando Magic
The Magic have acquired center Dakari Johnson and cash from the Thunder in exchange for guard Rodney Purvis.
It's a pure depth move for both teams. Johnson had no shot at minutes with the Thunder adding Nerlens Noel, and he can at least provide insurance for Orlando behind Nikola Vuecvic, Mo Bamba and Khem Birch with occasional minutes at the four if Steve Clifford feels so inclined. OKC adds Purvis, a late addition to the Magic's roster last season, to shore up their guard depth. He averaged 6.0 points in 18.1 minutes across 16 games but doesn't figure to see that much playing time for the Thunder. It's also possible, if not likely, that one or both players are waived in the near future.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 6, 2018, 8:31 pmDakari JohnsonC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dakari Johnson scored 20 points and added eight rebounds, three assist and three steals over 25 minutes in their 87-88 loss to the Hornets on Friday.
This was a nice showing by Johnson but with Steven Adams laying so many minutes and newly added Nerlens Noel also competing for minutes it’s unlikely Dakari gets more than the 5.2 minutes he got last season for the Thunder.
March 15, 2018, 3:31 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams participated in the non-contact portion of practice Thursday.
Adams missed Tuesday’s game with the same hip injury and these injuries can linger sometimes. As is the case with Paul George, only going through the non-contact portion is not encouraging for his status on Friday. Dakari Johnson got the start Tuesday but only logged seven minutes so expect Jerami Grant to benefit the most if Adams is forced to miss more time.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
March 13, 2018, 11:08 pmDakari JohnsonC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Starting in place of Steven Adams on Tuesday, Dakari Johnson saw only seven minutes of action and finished with three points and two rebounds.
Johnson may be the fill-in starter but he’s a non-factor in fantasy.
March 13, 2018, 7:18 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game with the Hawks because of a hip contusion he sustained last night.
With Adams out the Thunder will turn to Dakari Johnson in the starting five. He’s worth looking at if you really need rebounds but the Thunder figure to use more small lineups, which will benefit Patrick Patterson and Jerami Grant.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 13, 2018, 10:11 amSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Talking to reporters after Monday’s game, Steven Adams said “we’ll see” on whether he’ll play against the Hawks on Tuesday.
Adams came into Monday’s game with a sprained ankle and even though he was able to gut it out he suffered another injury and was unable to finish the game. He has always been a warrior but with the Thunder facing the lowly Hawks, owners should prepare to be without him on Tuesday. The team usually starts Dakari Johnson in his place but you want to target Jerami Grant or Patrick Patterson instead since they will be getting the majority of minutes.
Source: The Oklahoman
March 11, 2018, 7:29 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams is being listed as questionable ahead of Monday’s date with the Kings because of a sprained left ankle.
The injury limited Adams to 17 minutes last night and the Thunder may not want to push it against a beatable opponent. If he sits, look for Dakari Johnson to start. The Thunder could also opt to go small and lean on Patrick Patterson and Jerami Grant, and they’re the two guys to target either way.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 11, 2018, 12:05 amSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams left Saturday’s game after just 17 minutes of action with a sprained ankle and did not return, finishing with eight points, one rebound and one steal.
This isn’t Adams’ finest work by any stretch of the imagination but the important thing right now is his status for next week. Owners could be in a bind without their middle-round center, and the Thunder don’t have much to offer in terms of a direct replacement. Nick Collison scored seven points in six feel-good minutes tonight while Jerami Grant hit all five of his shots and scored 15 points with eight rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Patrick Patterson scored 10 points in 21 minutes with four rebounds and a pair of threes, as well. Unless the Thunder opt to go incredibly small, it seems likely that they’ll bring Dakari Johnson back up to hold down the fort in minimal minutes as the starting center. If Adams misses time, however, Grant and Patterson are the guys you’ll want to look at the closest.
March 10, 2018, 10:36 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams is questionable to return to Saturday’s game and has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle.
The Thunder have a double-digit lead on the Spurs so it’d be surprising to see Adams again tonight. We’ll wait for more information after the game tonight but hopefully it’s not a long-term issue. If nothing else, it’s given us some Nick Collison minutes in 2018. Dakari Johnson would probably rejoin the Thunder and make starts as needed, however.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 6, 2018, 10:29 amDakari JohnsonC, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder announced on Monday that they have recalled Dakari Johnson from their G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.
Although drafted by the Thunder in 2015, Johnson spent the entirety of his NBA career with the Blue prior to this season. He made his NBA debut on November 14, 2017 and has since appeared in just 26 games averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5.8 minutes.
Source: Brett Dawson on Twitter
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