Scott Schroeder of RidiculousUpside, the NBA blogosphere’s go-to guy for all things D-League, reports today on FanHouse that former LSU center Chris Johnson has been called up by the Trail Blazers from the Dakota Wizards.
Johnson has had a strong statistical season for the Wizards, averaging 17.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks. With this news, all signs likely point to the end of the Sean Marks era in Portland, as the Blazers already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster and will have to cut someone to make room for Johnson. While the 6’11” Johnson can’t be expected to put up those numbers in the NBA, at least not right away, there is probably more upside to trying out a young guy with something to prove than giving those minutes to someone like Marks.
It’s unclear what this means for the recent spate of rumors that Portland was targeting enigmatic New York big man Anthony Randolph in a trade, but my guess is that Johnson is simply a temporary fix while the team waits for Marcus Camby to recover from last week’s arthroscopic knee surgery.