The Jazz opted to waive Johnson on Saturday, David Locke of WeAreUtahJazz.com reports.
Johnson was buried on the depth chart throughout training camp, and never figured to have much of a shot at making the final roster. The 26-year-old will likely end up in the D-League, and look for another opportunity from there.
Johnson isn't expected to crack the
After second-round draft pick Joel Bolomboy was officially signed earlier this weekend, the Jazz now have 17 players under contract heading into training camp. Since the Jazz are particularly deep at the small forward spot after adding Joe Johnson to the ranks earlier this offseason,
Chris Johnson averaged just over 12 minutes on the court in 70 appearances for Utah during the 2015-16 season.
Johnson provided the Utah Jazz with depth off the bench for much of the season while Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles remaining relatively healthy for much of the year. At 25 years old, Johnson has already been deployed by five different NBA teams over his first four years in the league and could be in store for yet another destination next season as he heads into free agency this offseason. Regardless of where the former Dayton standout ends up, Johnson will likely assume a limited role yet again as an athletic small forward who struggles with shooting efficiency.
Chris Johnson will draw the start Wednesday against the Warriors.
Rodney Hood will not play as he is nursing a sore back, which will result in a rare start for Johnson. In his only other start this season he posted 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 31 minutes. He will likely battle Trey Burke and Joe Ingles for minutes. It is unclear how long Hood will be sidelined with his back injury, so Johnson could potentially draw a few more starts if he remains out.
Chris Johnson managed two points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 20 minutes during the Utah Jazz 's 104-94 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.
Johnson has appeared in 51 games this season, with averages of 3.1 points, two rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 13 minutes per contest. Part of the reason Johnson saw so many minutes on Wednesday could have been due to starter Rodney Hood (head) exiting the game. However, this was the 10th time that Johnson has earned 20 minutes or more this season.
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