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Report: 76ers, Amir Johnson agree to 1-year, $11 million deal

Amir Johnson, Dario Saric

The Philadelphia 76ers added depth to their frontline with the acquisition of veteran big man Amir Johnson.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news via Twitter Saturday afternoon.

The deal was worth a million less than what Johnson got last season from the Boston Celtics but better play this coming season could translate to a bigger payday for the forward when another free agency period rolls around in 2018.

The 30-year-old Johnson was mostly a rotational player in the two years he spent in Beantown, averaging 6.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks on 21.4 minutes per game. Efficiency, however, has been the name of the game of Johnson, as evidenced by his 15.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks averages per 100 possession as a Celtic. He’s a great interior defender with opponents shooting 10.6 percent worse inside six feet of the basket when Johnson is on the floor per NBA.com stats.

Perhaps more importantly, Johnson will give the Sixers a veteran voice in their locker room filled with up-and-comers and a serviceable backup to the likes of Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor.

Johnson was the second significant signing for the Sixers since the start of this year’s free agency with the team also successful in luring J.J. Redick.