Even with the recent acquisition of Glen Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers are still expected to show interested toward free agent forward Ivan Johnson according to Shams Charania of Real GM:
Even with upcoming signings, the Clippers and Nets remain realistic possibilities for free agent Ivan Johnson, league sources tell RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2014
Last season with the Atlanta Hawks, Ivan Johnson averaged 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game. After netting zero interest in the past offseason, Johnson headed overseas to play with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls 25.8 points and 10.2 rebounds in 25 game appearances.
Johnson was waived by the Golden Bulls in late for unknown reasons, making him available for NBA teams to bring in.
Glen Davis, a former player under Doc Rivers, is expected to soak up the bulk of the reserve big man minutes, but Ivan Johnson will add another formidable big off the bench to spare Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan minutes. While Johnson and Davis play the same position and are similar players, Johnson brings a toughness the Clippers haven’t had in a big man since the Kenyon Martin – Reggie Evans duo that cause the Memphis Grizzlies several problems in the 2012 playoffs. Johnson is a better rebounder than Davis and is better suited to be a better defender in Doc’s system as he can use his athleticism to prosper on that end of the floor, something the Clippers need desperately.
There is no guarantee that Johnson becomes a Clippers as the Nets may be able to offer Johnson more minutes when Jason Collins’ 10-day contract is up, but if he’s open to being a key cog on a contender team, the Clippers would be a great destination of for the big.