Miami Heat Sign Small Forward James Johnson

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Miami Heat have officially signed the small forward James Johnson and the roster stands at 15 now. The forward signed a 1-year deal with the Heat, worth $4 million. He last played for the Toronto Raptors, and before them he played for the Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls, the team that drafted him.

Johnson is 29 and he is 6'9" tall, capable of playing as either small forward or power forward. In his last season he averaged 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, while playing 57 games and starting in 32 of them. His best season was 2011-2012 when he played for the Raptors for the first time, averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. 

It is hard to predict what role he will have on the Miami Heat and how many minutes he will be getting per game. It's almost certain that he will be a small forward, however, and he may even be a starter if the Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decides to play the sophomore Justise Winslow off the bench.

In 398 career games, James averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. While these numbers do not look great, it's important to mention that he's played only 18.3 minutes per game as he was mostly a bench player.

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