Thanks to a special injury exception by the NBA, Minnesota was granted an extra roster spot due to the appalling amount of injuries that they have been burdened with this year. With names like Chris “Birdman” Anderson being thrown around as the possible last spot, Wolves have decided to go with D-League star and former Timberwolves Summer League player Chris Johnson.
Johnson, who stands at 6-11 and a wispy 215, went undrafted out of LSU and has struggled to carve out a career in the NBA. He has had quick stops at Portland, Boston, New Orleans, the D-League and various EuroLeague teams. However, he did look solid in the summer league games and might have some familiarity with Minnesota’s offensive system.
What was surprising is the negligence of another big rising D-League big man, Jerome Jordan, wasn’t even mentioned as a potential candidate. According to NBA’s D-League site, he was the #3 rated prospect behind Shelvin Mack and Courtney Fortson.
Finally, how’s this for an interesting fact:
Timberwolves signing of Chris Johnson gives them 14 people with ties to Blazers/Portland/Oregon.
— Jason Quick (@jwquick) January 19, 2013