Brown on Amir Johnson: ‘He is a perfect fit for our young and developing team’

Philadelphia 76ers have officially has re-signed forward/center Amir Johnson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly a one-year contract.

“Our experience with Amir last year confirms to us, on so many levels, that he is a perfect fit for our young and developing team,” said 76ers head coach Brett Brown. “His work ethic, leadership, and buy-in to team-first basketball, all comes to mind when I think of his value to our ball club, and his acceptance of a backup role to All-Star Joel Embiid is priceless. We are thrilled to have Amir and his family back in our program, and I know this feeling is a shared by all of his teammates.”

Johnson, 31, appeared in 74 games a season ago, posting 4.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 15.8 minutes per game, while shooting .538 from the field.

At the second annual NBA Awards presented by Kia, Johnson was named the recipient of the second-ever Hustle Award.

While I would have loved for the 76ers to get Kyle O’Quinn(who signed with Pacers), Johnson is a serviceable backup for this team. With two young stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, having a good, character guy is essential for Philly, and Johnson fits the bill.