Chris Johnson will have five more games to audition for a Grizzlies contract that runs through the rest of this regular season. The Griz signed the 6-6 shooting guard to a second 10-day contract Sunday afternoon in time for him to participate in the team's practice. Johnson will remain with the team through Feb. 12 when the Griz host the Sacramento Kings — their last game before All-Star Weekend. Memphis must then decide whether to sign Johnson for the remainder of the regular season. Teams are only permitted to sign players to two 10-day deals. "Chris provided a lift with his three-point shooting and all-around game during his first 10-Day contract. So it was a quick and relatively easy decision to sign him to a second 10-day," Griz general manager Chris Wallace said. Johnson averaged 5.8 points on 44-percent shooting (33 percent from three-point range) in five appearances with the Griz. He didn't play Friday night during the team's win over the Washington Wizards because of matchups. The 22-year-old originally signed with the Griz on Jan. 23 after playing with the NBA Development League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers. After going undrafted in 2012, Johnson played for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Orlando Magic during the preseason before being waived and signing with the D-League. Johnson made a good first impression with the Griz, shooting 58 percent overall and 46 percent from long range in his first four outings. Johnson shares minutes at the backup shooting guard spot with Jerryd Bayless and gives the team a quick, precise trigger to help stop defenses from crowding the paint.
Grizzlies sign Chris Johnson to a second 10-day contract
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Feb 4