This is the fourth in a 17-part series profiling each player on the Timberwolves' roster leading up to training camp.
In the few moments he had to observe Chris Johnson last season, Rick Adelman didn't only see a center getting outmuscled down low and struggling to make a noticeable contribution.
The Timberwolves coach noticed potential somewhere in that top-heavy, 6-foot-11, 210-pound frame, enough for Minnesota to guarantee Johnson a league-minimum salary this year and include him in its frontcourt depth plans.
If he can take advantage of what he calls a progressive offseason, Johnson may yet prove Adelman right.
He hasn't so far in three years of professional hoops, averaging just 2.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 8.4 minutes per game in stints with Portland, Boston, New Orleans and Minnesota. An injury-wrecked Timberwolves organization signed him out of the NBA Developmental League in January after waiving him before the season -- the third team to cut him loose since he came out of ...