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VOL. 129 | NO. 133 | Thursday, July 10, 2014

Johnson Joins Other Former Grizz in Toronto

By Don Wade

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Once upon a time, the Grizzlies moved from Vancouver to Memphis. Now, they appear to have an unofficial branch office in Toronto.

The Raptors re-signed former Grizzlies point guard Kyle Lowry to a four-year, $48 million deal, and the Toronto Star has reported that the Raptors have re-signed former Grizzlies back-up point guard Greivis Vasquez and that the team has landed free agent forward James Johnson.

The Grizzlies plucked Johnson from the NBA Development League last season and he gave the team a boost when several players were out with injuries. Johnson became a fan favorite for his athleticism – Top-10-worthy dunks and high-flying blocks beyond the 3-point stripe.

Johnson finished the season averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks. His playing time declined significantly when Tony Allen returned to the Memphis rotation. The Star reported Johnson will be paid $5 million on a two-year contract.

Recently, Johnson was arrested in Memphis on suspicion of domestic assault in an incident involving his wife; the case was dismissed.

A first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls in 2009, Johnson played for the Raptors from 2010-2012.

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