Yahoo Sports reports
Forward Amir Johnson has agreed to a five-year contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors.Agent Kevin Bradbury says Thursday the deal is for $34 million.
Good signing by Toronto.
I thought the Raptors paid more than they needed to here – I figured Amir would sign for a starting salary of $4 million, a contract similar to Jarrett Jack’s deal for anywhere from three to five years – but this is still a good deal.
Amir Johnson is worth the amount of money that Toronto paid for him. So long as he receives enough minutes.
“Amir Johnson is worth the amount of money that Toronto paid for him”
And that, the above, is solely based on current ability. It completely dismisses any thoughts of potential either paying for it or being the beneficiary of it down the road.
Amir Johnson can still improve considerably on the defensive end of the floor + in his boxing out + make some marginal offensive improvements as a complementary scorer. Those improvements are realistic and quite likely to happen.
Given those improvements, Amir Johnson could easily become an underpaid player. Someone who is worth around $10 million per annum but is only paid $7 million a year.
This was a very good signing by Bryan Colangelo. Amir Johnson was good value and has considerable areas for improvement. Down the road, this could become an exceptional move.
Update: Change of Mind
From below in the comments section
I’ve been thinking more about this yesterday evening and you have convinced me. I am going to do a 180 here and agree that this was a bad signing.
I still like the contract. I think Amir is good value for this payday. That he is good value for this deal based on current ability, and, when considering his potential this deal is very good value. I like the money involved for Amir.
The Ed Davis Argument
Amir Johnson’s new contract is another bad move for Toronto which will hamstring their efforts down-the-road … if they cannot re-sign CB4.
i.e. Toronto would be better off long term giving those developmental minutes to Ed Davis rather than Amir Johnson.
Khandor, you wrote this on another comment and this was the point that won me over. I was ignoring the Ed Davis selection.
* I think that Ed Davis has many similarities to Amir Johnson
* Amir Johnson is a power forward and not a center
* A lot of my decision process on whether Amir is worth $34 million is based on minutes. Given 26-29 minutes, I think he is, and given 30-35 minutes down the road as a starter I think Amir is great value.
* If Ed Davis is the future power forward, and he should be (more upside especially offensively), then those minutes + role do not exist for Amir.
Consequently, due to the presence of Ed Davis, I think the Raptors made a mistake signing Amir Johnson to a contract of this magnitude.
In summary, I am a big fan of Amir Johnson and I like the pay level but I think the fit + timing of the signing is poor. Due to the presence of Ed Davis and the need for the Raptors to rebuild.
The Raptors would have been better of maintaining their cap flexibility + prioritizing Ed Davis’ development (giving him more minutes/responsibilities) than re-signing Amir Johnson.