President Danny Ainge proved that Boston Celtics aren’t done making moves this summer. The Celtics are set to bring back Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko for next season, according to league sources.
Boston are going to pick their 2016-17 option on 29-year-old forward Johnson. Only the first year of Johnson’s two-year, $24 million deal, which he signed prior to the 2015-16 season was guaranteed, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical. The veteran forward has featured for the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons and Celtics in his 11-year NBA career.
Boston is also looking forward to guarantee Jonas Jerebko’s contract for next season.
Why Danny Ainge is bringing back Johnson and Jonas?
The Celtics president has a plan. Amir Johnson is a big bodied player, capable of both starting and coming off the bench. The 29-year-old may lose his starting role, as Boston has roped in Atlanta Hwaks’ Al Horford, one of the top free agents this summer on a four-year deal worth $113 million.
Johnson has limitations in the offensive ends, his career scoring average is just 7.6 points, but he competes on board. Last season in Boston, he averaged 7.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in 79 games.
Danny Ainge revealed that the Celtics are satisfied with both Johnson and Jerebko’s performance.
“Amir and Jonas are two of Coach’s favorite guys,” Ainge said, according to the ESPN. “They play hard. They are loved by their teammates and they had terrific years last year for us. We are excited to have them back.”
Six year NBA veteran Jonas Jerebko was acquired by the Celtics in 2015 in a trade with Detroit Pistons. The 29-year-old featured in 78 games posting averages of 4.4 points and 3.7 rebounds.
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