Report: Boston Celtics Plan On Signing RGV Vipers' Chris Johnson to NBA Contract

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics are reportedly poised to sign Chris Johnson from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.

Earlier Wednesday, the Boston Celtics traded away Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks as part of a three-team deal.

Regardless of who a team ultimately decides to part with, there's always a need for someone else to step in and eat up some minutes, if not also be productive at the same time, too.

With that in mind, Boston is reportedly prepared to turn to Rio Grande Valley Vipers' swingman Chris Johnson, according to Yahoo Sports!' Adrian Wojnarowski. The reporter also asserts that Johnson took part in a workout in front of Celtics' brass on Thursday. After watching him strut his stuff up close, the team is poised to sign him to a contract on Friday.

Johnson also turned heads last season around this time, while at the NBA D-League Showcase. While he may not have been considered a top rated prospect at first, a stellar performance in Reno was enough to intrigue the Memphis Grizzlies into giving him a shot.

The swingman played eight games for Memphis last season, and has been thriving for the Vipers ever since returning to the NBA D-League. Always one to stuff up the stat-sheet on a nightly basis, Johnson has averaged 19.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 blocks through 20 games for RGV this season.

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