Former NBA player Ivan Johnson has signed with Talk N Text in the Philippines, Shams Charania of RealGM reports (Twitter link). Johnson was waived earlier this month by the Texas Legends, the Mavs‘ D-League affiliate, in order for him to pursue this overseas opportunity. The power forward’s contract with Talk N Text includes an NBA out clause, Charania adds.
Johnson went undrafted out of Cal State San Bernardino back in 2008, and he didn’t manage to garner an NBA training camp invitation until the 2011 campaign. He parlayed that opportunity into a roster spot with the Hawks, and the 6’8″ forward played two seasons in Atlanta before heading across the pond to China for a more lucrative opportunity during the 2013/14 campaign. The 30-year-old was signed by the Mavericks to a minimum salary arrangement this past summer, but he was waived prior to the season commencing. Johnson had also reportedly worked out for the Nets, Blazers and Spurs prior to inking a pact with Dallas.
In 125 career NBA appearances, Johnson has averaged 6.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.6 assists. His career slash line is .517/.158/.662. Last season for the Zheijang Golden Bulls, Johnson notched 26.0 PPG and 9.9 RPG in 32.8 MPG per contest.