Sacramento Kings Acquire James Johnson from Toronto Raptors
Some news after flight No. 2: Raptors & Kings have struck a deal to send James Johnson to Sacramento for future second-rounder #inglaterra— Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine July 16, 2012
Sam Amick of SI.com later reported that the pick from Sacramento would be their 2012 second-round selection.
Johnson was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. He was traded to Toronto in February 2011 for a first round selection in the 2011 NBA draft. Last season for Toronto, he averaged 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from downtown.
The Kings are in desperate need of some consistency at the small forward position, with John Salmons, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt the current incumbents at the position. Guard Tyreke Evans did play the three spot at times last year, but he doesn't want to play the position next season, according to Amick.
This may spell the end of wingman Terrence Williams' brief time in Sacramento. Williams was signed by the Kings last season after being cut by the Houston Rockets, and averaged 8.8 points and 3.1 assists a game for the Kings. While the Kings could re-sign Williams, their roster currently stands at 14 players after the acquisition of Johnson.
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