Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  28 responses

Amir Johnson Gets $34 Million from Toronto

The Raptors are keeping Johnson at the price tag of $34 mil, over 4 years. Just … wow. From the Toronto Sun: “Amir Johnson will remain a Raptor. But he didn’t come cheap. The unrestricted free agent quickly agreed to remain with the club for five years on Thursday, when GM Bryan Colangelo gave him a five-year, $34-million US offer. Though the 23-year-old forward/centre averaged just 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season, he was one of the team’s hardest workers and best defensive players. Johnson meshed well with Andrea Bargnani since he did some of the dirty work and rebounding that Bargnani wasn’t willing, or able, to do.”

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  • http://www.kaycephotography.com/ Kevin

    that’s about 5 mill too many, but ahhh what the hell – he’s a super likeable player and this isn’t half as bad as giving Turkoglu 50+ million. pretty sure Amir will keep getting better, and from the sounds of it, other teams were looking to grab him so good on Colangelo for moving quickly on this front..

  • mark

    Best defender on the raptors is not a hard accolade to win…

  • JoeMaMa

    Amir Johnson is getting 14 million more than Darko, for one more year of work. Let’s all think about it for a minute. And now…I’m sorry that I broke everyone’s brain.
    Sigh. I’ll ride for him. Raptors fan. Sigh.

  • iLL wiLL

    Damn. I love Amir, but that’s way too much. The market was set by the Bucks when they gave Gooden that stupid contract.

  • Fat Lever

    Well with the world ending in 2012, this makes perfect sense.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-hoops4life Overtime

    hard-working, defensive, thats good, every team needs that, especially the Raptors…but 34 million?
    Im starting to think if any of us need a quick 100 bucks, we should just sign to an nba team for an hour or so

  • JoeMaMa

    @Fat: good call. The Honourable and Timeless John Cusack leads the way, once again.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    is it really 4 years? if it is thats about 8 plus and thats bad. if its 5 years with a team option in the last year then its fair enough for both sides.. there’s a price to pay even on decent players..

  • The D Train

    The NBA: Where completely ridiculous and insane contracts keep happening over and over and over again.

  • Wat Misaka

    With contracts like this it’s hard to imagine why superstars want to leave the Raptors.

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  • Dennis

    I like Amir but this is way too much money…I think Colangelo has lost his mind…he couldve got a better player for that coin…Colangelo gotta go…praying he gets fired

  • kh

    How? Why? What? Ugh.

  • The D Train

    To keep things in perspective: Amir will only be making $103,658 a game. That equates to only $16,719 a point. Wow. I started that as a joke and am now physically ill. Dear god, what have we wrought?

  • The D Train

    oops, only read the part about it being for 4 years. didn’t notice it was actually 5. that obviously changes the math, but i’m too sick from the last bout to try again.

  • Clay

    That’s the problem with the league. Why do teams pay this much money for good effort and defense? I’m excited for when the NBA fixes the salary cap. Hopefully they make contracts more performance-incentive based to reward those who out-perform contracts and for the many that underachieve.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    i think its really 5 years and its not that bad. he’s a young and very decent player with good enough capacity to improve. thats about 5-6 plus a year. thats fair. do you guys actually want them to come like a discounted price at ebay? and besides he could be packaged in a few years if this doesnt pan out..

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    So at PF we have Johnson, Ed Davis, and possibly someone else from the sign-and-trade with Bosh. We so shouldn’t have drafted a PF.

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  • T-Money

    The owners are going to have a hard time convincing the players’ union that their pockets are hurting.

  • O’Neezy

    I just don’t get it… You could have easily gave him 10 – 15 million less. I don’t think he was being pursued that aggressively…

  • larrylegend

    i am happy, a hustle guy makes big money! u can teach heart…u can’t!!!!

  • John

    I think it was an alright deal, I’d give it a B, being a Raptors fan. Amir is only 23 years old and when his contracts over, he’s entering his prime. He’s a good rebounder and sets solid picks and finishes well. Amir is better than Drew Gooden

  • chingy

    Defensive players are what the Raps need. It came pricey but it had to be done.

  • LA Huey

    The ghost of Zeke still hangs around the ACC. Sorry, Raps fans. But at least you got a team…

  • ccantrell

    completely insane

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Amir Johnson deserves to be locked in long term for the Raptors.. But no comment on the price tag.