For two seasons, Isaiah Thomas and Amir Johnson were teammates and friends in Boston. Although Thomas and Johnson are no longer teammates, their roasting of each other on Instagram proves they’re at least still friends.
— Celtics News (@BDCCeltics) July 11, 2017
Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Sixers this summer worth $11 million, adding to their young and talented team.
Philly already has Joel Embiid as the unquestionable incumbent at center, followed by Jahlil Okafor behind him, but that it’s the rumors that the Sixers are shopping Okafor aren’t true.
Free agent Amir Johnson has agreed to a one-year, $11M deal with Philadelphia, agent Kevin Bradbury tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
Paying Johnson $11 million leads one to think he would slide in behind Embiid on the depth charts, leaving Okafor either expendable or as the backup to Ben Simmons at the four.
On paper at least, it seems that years of trusting the process will actually pan out.
— Miguel Martinez (@mmartinez3141) September 17, 2017
Thomas, on the other hand, was traded to Cleveland along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s 2018 first round pick, and the Celtics’ 2020 second round (pick from the Miami Heat) for Kyrie Irving.
The deal took a week to finalize and turned out to be one of the most dramatic trades in Association history.
Now that Beantown is behind them, Johnson and Thomas were quick to show loyalty to their new teams.