Report: Sixers re-sign Amir Johnson to one-year deal

Amir Johnson

A familiar face is returning to the Philadelphia 76ers this season.

The team signed veteran power forward Amir Johnson to a one-year deal Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Financial terms of the deal are unknown at this time.

Johnson, who will be entering his 14th NBA season, served as an important role player for Philadelphia off the bench last year. He previously signed a one-year pact worth $11 million as a free agent with Philadelphia for the 2017-18 campaign.

The Sixers, who advanced to the second round of the playoffs last year, have had a busy offseason to this point. Interim president of basketball operations, Brett Brown, has also reportedly re-signed sharpshooter J.J. Redick and traded for Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler.  

These roster moves, combined with the draft day additions of Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet, should give Philadelphia significant depth, should the team struggle with injuries this season.

Amir Johnson

Sixers management is staying true to its strategy of "trusting the process" this offseason, opting to solidify the roster rather than unloading salary cap space on marquee free agents. 

The team was believed to be in the hunt for LeBron James before The King signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, and is also pursuing trade possibilities with the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

Following the Redick signing, Philadelphia had an estimated $14 million left in cap space. Johnson returning to the club will also eat into that estimated number, but there's still plenty of financial flexibility to add more depth to the roster.

Expectations will be higher than ever in Philadelphia this year after a 52-30 record in 2017-18, especially with LeBron departing the Eastern Conference. The Sixers are expected to battle the Boston Celtics for top spot in the conference this time around, and improve upon their second-round exit in the postseason a year ago.

Johnson averaged only 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in just under 16 minutes per game last season - well below his career numbers of 7.2 points and 5.5 rebounds during stints with the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Celtics and last year with Philly.

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