Pacers Ink One-Year Deal with Veteran Forward James Johnson

‣ The Indiana Pacers are re-signing veteran forward James Johnson for a one-year deal. Johnson, who is 36, made 18 appearances with the team in the previous season.
‣ Johnson has a career average of 7.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. He has played 765 NBA games and is known for his shooting accuracy of 47.4% from the field.
‣ The Pacers are currently ranked 17th in odds to win the season’s championship, with better odds given to the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers.


The Indiana Pacers are making a move. They’re bringing back veteran forward James Johnson. This is a one-year deal, as announced by Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports on Thursday. Johnson’s 36 now and last season, he only made 18 appearances with Indiana.

Johnson’s stats? Not too shabby. He averaged 2.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 9.0 minutes per game. His shooting? Pretty good, 44.9% from the floor and 50% at the foul line. He even scored a season-high eight points in 22 minutes off the bench against Detroit on March 11.

Now, let’s talk odds. According to a couple of NBA betting sites, the Pacers hold 17th-ranked odds to win this season’s championship. Interestingly, sportsbooks are showing better odds for the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Johnson’s career in the NBA? It’s been a long one. Through 765 career NBA games, the 6-foot-7 wing has averaged 7.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per contest. He’s shooting 47.4% from the field, 30.1% from 3-point range, and 67.8% at the line.

Johnson’s a Wyoming native. He was selected 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Wake Forest. In his rookie 2009-10 season, Johnson averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in 65 outings.

On Feb. 22, 2011, the Bulls traded Johnson to the Toronto Raptors for a 2011 first-round draft pick. After the 2010-11 season, the Raptors traded the forward to the Sacramento Kings for a 2014 second-round draft pick.

After the 2012-13 season with Sacramento, Johnson signed as a free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies. Then, during the 2014 offseason, he returned to the Raptors on a multi-year deal.

In July 2016, Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat. During the 2016-17 season, Johnson averaged career highs 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The following offseason, the forward signed a multi-year deal with the Heat.

On Feb. 6, 2020, the Heat traded Johnson to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played just 14 games with Minnesota, averaging 12 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks per contest.

In November that year, the Timberwolves traded Johnson, Aleksej Pokusevski, and a 2024 second-round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. A week later, the Thunder dealt the wing to the Dallas Mavericks.

In 29 appearances with the Mavs, Johnson averaged 5.7 points, 3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. However, Dallas traded Johnson, Wesley Iwundu, a 2021 second-round draft pick, and cash to the New Orleans Pelicans in March 2021.

For the best-case scenario, Johnson stays healthy and helps add depth to the Pacers’ frontcourt. That’s the hope, anyway.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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