Amir Johnson is returning to the Sixers.
The veteran big man has agreed to a one-year deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.
Last season, his first with the Sixers, the 31-year-old Johnson provided valuable depth off the bench and averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game.
Johnson, a 13-year veteran, also won the NBA Hustle Award, given to the player with the highest score based on screen assists, deflections, loose balls recovered, charges drawn and shot contests on a per-minute basis. Players must average at least 15 minutes a game in at least 50 regular season games.
Selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2005 draft, Johnson played his first four NBA seasons with Pistons before moving on to Toronto for six seasons and Boston for two before signing his first one-year deal with the Sixers last year.
Johnson is the second free-agent to return to the Sixers since free agency began Sunday, joining guard JJ Redick, who also signed a one-year deal.
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With the move to Philadelphia, Johnson isn’t necessarily slated to see a huge increase in his workload and he’ll likely come off the bench behind promising second-year player Dario Saric at power forward. That said, with 12 years of NBA experience, he should be a nice mentor for some of the Sixers’ younger bigs.
Sixers coach Brett Brown — now the interim president of basketball operations — considers Johnson an important culture builder with his young core.
Philadelphia also acquired Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler in a trade on Friday, league sources told ESPN.
According to a Sports Illustrated report, Johnson’s deal will be for the veteran’s minimum, which will be worth around $2.4 million for the 13th-year veteran. He joined the Sixers last season on a one-year, $11 million pact.