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July 16, 2012
Kings acquire James Johnson from Toronto

LAS VEGAS - The Kings have acquired forward James Johnson from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a second-round draft choice in 2014.

Johnson (6-9, 248) is entering his fourth season. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and two assists last season in 62 games (40 starts).

Johnson was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and was traded to Toronto during his second season.

Johnson has played small and power forward but fell out of favor in Toronto after a promising start to last season.

Johnson is noted as a player who can defend, which is something the Kings have been looking for to shore up one of the NBA's worst defenses.

And if Johnson is locked in at small forward, he adds much-needed size on the perimeter. The Kings used players like John Salmons and Tyreke Evans at small forward (both 6-foot-6) most of last season.

More size is needed on the perimeter for the Kings, especially when they have a small backcourt that includes Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton on the floor.

Johnson will make $2.8 million this season in the last year of his contract.

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