Johnson agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal with the Jazz on Friday, NBA.com's David Aldridge reports. A somewhat forgotten man during this summer's free agent spending spree, Johnson will fit nicely with the Jazz as a wing capable of guarding multiple positions and bringing the ball up occasionally on offense. He hasn't averaged less than 11 points per game since the 2002-03 season, and he has been a fairly efficient three-point shooter in recent seasons. That said, with George Hill, Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward in the fold, Johnson could see his least prevalent role in a long time with next year's Jazz squad, possibly serving as the team's sixth man.
Johnson poured in 17 points (8-22 FG, 1-1 FT) and added five rebounds and four assists over 41 minutes in Thursday's 96-92 Game 2 overtime loss to the Raptors. The 15-year veteran continued a shooting cold streak that began in Game 7 against the Hornets in the first round. Johnson shot well under 40 percent for the third straight game, and his three misses early in overtime were part of the reason that the Heat couldn't get any appreciable momentum going in the extra period. On the positive side, the struggles haven't affected the 34-year-old's aggressiveness on offense, as he's taken 41 shot attempts over the last two games. Johnson will attempt to get back on track in Game 3 on Saturday at American Airlines Arena, where he's averaged 51.4 percent shooting over 12 games this season as both a Brooklyn Net and a member of the Heat.
Johnson compiled 16 points (7-19 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals across 42 minutes in Tuesday's 102-96 win over the Raptors in Game 1 of the series. Johnson used the extra period to hoist his most shots of the postseason, though he failed to hit a three-pointer for the first time in the playoffs. Still, he was a serviceable supporting scorer for the Heat in the road victory, and has now tallied double-digit points in four of the last five games.
Johnson led Miami with 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-5 3Pt) to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 35 minutes during Monday's Game 4 loss to Charlotte. The 34-year-old was hot from downtown Monday, draining more three-pointers than he had int he first three games combined en route to his best scoring output of the series. Johnson also set a high mark in rebounding, and he appears to be elevating his game as the series moves into crunch time.
Johnson scored 25 points (10-15 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding five assists, two rebounds, and two steals across 34 minutes during the Heat's 99-93 win over the Pistons on Tuesday. After falling into a bit of a rut to end March (29 points over a five-game span), Johnson has scored in double figures during six of seven contests in April. He is averaging 14.3 points on 55 percent from the field to go with 3.9 dimes, 2.1 rebounds, 1.4 threes, and one steal in 31 minutes this month. Furthermore, the Heat can clinch third place in the East with a win against the Celtics on Wednesday, so there's no need to worry about Johnson being rested in the season finale.
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