Originally posted on Evil Cowtown  |  Last updated 7/16/12

According to Marc Stein, the Kings have acquired James Johnson of the Toronto Raptors for a future 2nd round pick. Sam Amick has confirmed it's a 2nd round pick in 2014.

 

Look for that one to be finalized Monday. Kings to add Johnson on last-year deal for their frontcourt rotation. Raps to shed a $2.8M salary

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 16, 2012

 

Jason Jones has confirmed as well.

This is what James Johnson is: A physical defender who doesn't shoot the three well. The adjusted +/- for 1 and 2 years is pretty good considering. (I don't know why. I don't know that much about JJ.) He's making 2.81 million dollars next season assuming you care.

Key numbers here: .070 WS/48 49.8 TS% 100 DRtg (Toronto's DRtg was 104) USG 20.2% TOV% 15.1%

Do I have a problem with Johnson? No. Would I prefer that it be part of a bigger trade with Golden State to get my unicorn? Yes. But I'll take what I can get and I've seen much worse moves than this. (Come on down Travis Outlaw.)

If nothing else, maybe Johnson can upgrade the defense and provide a temporary fill spot for the SF position for the next season. After that? I'll worry about next year when it comes.

As far as moves go, this rates much better than the play to get Outlaw or Hilton Armstrong. Much much better. There's really little downside to grabbing Johnson. If the upside is that he gives solid production this season, I'll take it. Long term, I'm not fond of this guy because I don't think he's the best fit. Short term? Any upgrade is an upgrade that's in a position of need. The Kings didn't give up an asset as they did with JJ Hickson (although I don't really care about that either), and Johnson can fill in and play starter minutes right away.

A nominal basketball move on the cheap. What a surprise. But there could be worse things out there I suppose. Welcome to a Maloof owned basketball team kiddies. This is the best you get. I hope Johnson doesn't regress next season.

This is Geoff Petrie's quote from Jason Jones' story in the Bee today:

"We can't get it all with one player," Petrie said. "We would like to do some prudent things to improve our roster and still give us some flexibility going forward. To still improve ourselves at small forward, improve our shooting and probably get a little more creativity in the backcourt if that was possible and continue to build with a young nucleus."

Translation: We're too cheap to actually pay for average production so we're going to roll the dice on a cheap alternative and hope it works this time around.

This time? It just might. Keep your fingers crossed.

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