SACRAMENTO, Calif. You can add former Boston Celtic Chris Johnson to the growing list of players that the Celtics will consider bringing in to add depth to their frontcourt.
Johnson, a 6-foot-11 forwardcenter, was recently waived by the Portland Trail Blazers after appearing in 20 games for them this season. He spent part of last season with the Celtics, appearing in four games while playing on a 10-day contract.
Although he didn't play much, he left a favorable impression on the franchise and C's head coach Doc Rivers.
Rivers especially remembers Johnson's play in a Boston loss at Denver, which just so happens to be Boston's next opponent after tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings.
In that game, Johnson had six points and three blocked shots.
"We thought about signing him for just tomorrow, because he had that sensational game last year in Denver," Rivers said. "We were going to sign him and just say, 'run like a gazelle again.'"
While there's not necessarily a favorite for the C's to land, Rivers made it clear that Johnson was a player that was under serious consideration.
"We're looking at everybody," Rivers said. "But Chris is an absolute option, no doubt."
For the season, Johnson has averaged 1.6 points and 0.9 rebounds.
CSNNE.com spoke with him last week when the C's were hosting the Trail Blazers.
Johnson said he tried to pick the brains of all of the Big Four during his brief but productive time with the Celtics.
"From KG, how to play defense and man-up, one-on-one in the post. You get advice from Paul, Ray and future Hall of Famer Rondo," Johnson told CSNNE.com. "It was a bunch of good guys."
Which is why he was disappointed that they didn't keep him around.
"I understood the move they had to make, by getting (CarloArroyo)," Johnson said. "You can control what you can. All I can control is working hard, trying to get better everyday."