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Sources: Amir Johnson staying with 76ers

Free agent forward/center Amir Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told ESPN.

Johnson, 31, will sign his second consecutive one-year deal with Philadelphia, where he averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds a game last season.

Sixers coach Brett Brown — now the interim president of basketball operations — considers Johnson an important culture builder with his young core.

The Sixers are signing back two important leadership pieces, Johnson and guard JJ Redick, on one-year deals.


Philadelphia also acquired Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler in a trade on Friday, league sources told ESPN.

Johnson has played 13 NBA seasons and remains the last NBA player to be drafted straight out of high school. He has averaged 7.2 and 5.5 rebounds during stays with Detroit, Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia.

Johnson has appeared in 50 playoff games in his career, starting 25.


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