The Boston Celtics have made their first big move of the offseason, agreeing to commit eight figures in each of the next two seasons to 28-year-old forward Amir Johnson.
The deal will net the former Toronto Raptors big $24 million in total, a source confirmed to Comcast SportsNet New England's A. Sherrod Blakely.
A 6'9 power forward, Johnson may see time at center. Blakely explains that despite not being a shot blocking force, Johnson is a strong rim protector and interior defender.
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Offensively, while Johnson has averaged just 7.6 points per game in his career, he's had more success over the last three seasons, combining for 9.9. He has a strong career field goal percentage of .574.
Although he could be an impact player on this team, the $12 million average annual value makes him the highest-paid Celtic - above even the albatross Gerald Wallace contract acquired to facilitate the trade of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets for a treasure trove of first-round draft picks.
But the Wallace contract expires after this year. For this season, the Celtics were nearly $25 million under the projected salary cap, and a large trade exception allows them to eclipse that number.