Grizzlies Sign James Johnson

December 16 2013 at 11:49am CDT By Zach Links

11:49am: The Grizzlies confirmed the signing via press release.

10:03am: The Grizzlies are on the verge of signing small forward James Johnson from the D-League, according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal (via Twitter).  Johnson has spent the 2013/14 season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, affiliate to the Rockets, where they are experimenting with an exceptionally high three point shot rate.

The Vipers tapped Johnson with the second-overall pick in this year’s D-League draft.  The four-year NBA veteran averaged 6.3 PPG and 3.2 RPG across four seasons with the Bulls, Raptors, and Kings.  Johnson, 26, was in camp with the Hawks over the offseason before being waived in October.

In ten games for the Vipers this season, Johnson is averaging 18.5 PPG and 9.1 RPG in 29.9 minutes per contest.

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