The Clippers have locked up their 2016 first-round pick, according to Dan Woike of The Orange County Register, who tweets that the team has signed Brice Johnson to his rookie contract. The team held a presser earlier today to introduce Johnson along with second-rounders David Michineau and Diamond Stone.
The 25th overall pick in last month’s draft, Johnson averaged 17.0 PPG during his senior season at North Carolina, contributing 10.5 RPG and 1.5 BPG as well. He also shot 61.4% from the field for the Tar Heels, and was ranked 34th overall among this year’s prospects by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com.
While terms of Johnson’s deal weren’t announced, it’s a safe bet that he signed for the maximum allowable 120% of his rookie-scale amount. Such a deal would put him in line for a first-year salary of $1,273,920. Over the course of his four-year rookie contract, Johnson will make nearly $6.5MM, as our breakdown of 2016 first-round rookie salaries shows.