Spurs among teams that have worked out former Hawks forward Ivan Johnson

According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Atlanta Hawks forward Ivan Johnson has worked out with the Brooklyn Nets, Portland Trailblazers and San Antonio Spurs.

As Paul Garcia mentioned earlier today, the Spurs will have two open roster spots if they do not re-sign Matt Bonner, and if they choose not to match a free agent offer sheet on Aron Baynes, and you can add Johnson to the list of potential free agents along with some of the players he mentioned.

Johnson played for the Hawks for two seasons before taking a lucrative offer to play in the Chinese Basketball Association last season. Johnson averaged 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game with the Hawks, and playing in San Antonio would be a homecoming for Johnson, who was born in San Antonio and starred at Fox Tech High School.

Johnson, who is on the Dallas Mavericks Summer league roster, is undersized as a 6-8 power forward, but his tenacity and aggressiveness often allow him to overcome any height ¬†shortcomings. He is a blue collar player that seems a natural fit with the Spurs, even if his diamond grill isn’t. He showed some flashes, especially in a triple overtime game against the Miami Heat, but the Spurs are stacked at the four with Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and Austin Daye.


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