As first reported by Hupu.com (hat tip as always to Jorge Sierra with HoopsHype), unrestricted free agent Ivan Johnson has signed a one-year contract with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. As Johnson’s agent Jeremiah Haylett explained to HawksHoop.com this morning, this does not preclude Johnson from signing with an NBA team for the balance of this season once the Chinese Basketball Association season concludes.
“[There is] no NBA out but the season is only 3.5 months,” said Haylett via email. “We have plans to return to the NBA after the CBA season.”
Haylett wished to express his and Johnson’s appreciation to Hawks fans who pulled for Johnson throughout this process.
“Ivan and I would like to thank all the Atlanta fans and NBA fans for their support, during the season and especially for their support during free agency,” said Haylett. “We had to weigh a great offer with Zhejiang (a good CBA organization) vs. interest and no movement from NBA teams.”
As with Tracy McGrady last season, who signed with the Spurs after playing out a single season contract in the CBA, the possibility will remain open for an NBA team to sign Johnson prior to the conclusion of the season, making him eligible for the playoffs.