Veteran shooter Joe Johnson’s second run with the Boston Celtics will not extend beyond its current 10-day window, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka confirmed Sunday night.
Ime Udoka confirms Joe Johnson will not be back for a second 10-day contract. Said he still believes can play with the right opportunity #Celtics— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) January 2, 2022
Signed to the Boston roster with the C’s absolutely wrecked by COVID issues, the 40-year-old Johnson appeared in one game during his C’s run, and went 1-for-1 from the field in 1:57 of total action in that Dec. 22 win over the Cavaliers.
But with the majority of the COVID Celtics out of the league’s health and safety protocols, the Celtics would have needed to make a roster move to create room for another stint of any sort for Johnson. And then there’s the whole creating minutes for Johnson, which didn’t seem to be any sort of priority for the undermanned Celtics, meaning it wouldn’t have been had the Celtics kept him around on another 10-day deal or hardship agreement of any sort.
Whether or not Johnson lands with another team is anybody’s guess — the league has already had a record-breaking number of players appear in NBA games this season due to COVID issues — but it would appear that the reunion that was 20 years in the making will come to a close after one shot drained and less than two minutes of playing time.