Dec 23, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward James Johnson (52) warms up before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks to sign forward James Johnson

Just a few seasons ago, forward James Johnson was emerging as a top flight defender in the NBA.

That stigma didn’t last long as Johnson, who was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Toronto Raptors clashed with the coaching staff and seemed more worried about his offensive skills (which he lacks) than his defensive. Because of his poor decision making and iffy relationship with the Raptors staff, Johnson was traded to the Sacramento Kings were he was given the opportunity to start.

That too didn’t last very long as the small forward starved Kings decided to pass him up in their rotation after more sub-par play.

Now Johnson hopes to re-emerge as the defensive force he was expected to be, this time in Atlanta as his agency recently took to Twitter to announce his signing with the Atlanta Hawks:

Congrats to James Johnson on his new contract with the #ATLHawks. We know you’re going to take advantage of this great opportunity! #NBA

There’s no word on contractual details, nor is it know if the contract is guaranteed at this point.

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