Former Celtic Johnson may return


Former Celtic Johnson may return

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. 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 "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."

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

Report: Celtics expected to part ways with Kelly Olynyk

With the Celtics clearing the way to make a run at big names such as Paul George and Gordon Hayward, there will inevitably be salary-cap casualties.

But we'll always have Game 7 against the Wizards, Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, 26, averaged nine points and 4.8 rebounds last season, and will forever be remembered for his astonishing 10-for-14 shooting performance off the bench when he scored 26 points in the second-round series clincher over Washington at TD Garden.

The 7-footer is currently a restricted free agent and would surely turn down a Celtics' qualifying offer of a little more than $4 million. Until the C's renounce his rights, he counts for $7.7 million against the cap. 

That's money the Boston will need in its pursuit of George and Hayward. So, it's so long, Kelly O. 



Morning Skate: What does trading a first-rounder get you now?

Morning Skate: What does trading a first-rounder get you now?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while wishing that Gordon Hayward and Paul George were already in Boston, like, yesterday.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Freidman gives his 30 thoughts for the week, including the trade value of a first-round pick right now.

*It could that non-unrestricted free agents steal all of the thunder on July 1 with massive contract extensions a la Connor McDavid.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Detroit Red Wings taking potential fliers on a number of veteran D-men that are out on the free market.

*With free agency right around the corner, the legendary Stan Fischler details the sad end to Bobby Orr’s career in Boston, where he was lied to about the offer extended to him and ended up playing things out with the Chicago Blackhawks in a way that it shouldn’t have gone. The sight of Orr in a Blackhawks sweater is one of the real all-time NHL oddities out there.

*The NCAA is eying college hockey expansion in NHL markets, including the University of Illinois and Pitt, and, from what I’ve been told, perhaps UNLV and maybe even Vanderbilt. This is a great thing for amateur hockey players and anybody that can’t get enough of the game.  

*Ex-Senators defenseman Marc Methot holds no ill will toward the Sens after being dealt from Vegas to the Dallas Stars following his selection in the expansion draft.

*Josh Ho-Sang shares his wisdom to Islanders prospects as a 21-year-old somebody that’s gone through the ups and downs of being in their shoes.

*As we referenced above, Connor McDavid is closing in on a massive contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers that will probably make him the highest paid player in the NHL.

*For something completely different: My heart goes out to this Roslindale family fighting through a situation with a child who has a life-threatening disorder. They have a Go-Fund-Me page, so please give if you can.