Johnson's contract in focus

February, 8, 2014
Feb 8
3:33
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The Boston Celtics got a little creative in the signing of Chris Johnson to a multiyear contract on Friday.

While it's similar to a minimum deal, Boston actually inked Johnson to a four-year pact using part of what remains of the midlevel exception while signing him for the remainder of the season and three additional years.

The breakdown of salary:
2013-14: $320K
2014-15: $915K
2015-16: $981K
2016-17: $1.1 million

The final three years are all nonguaranteed and the final two seasons have fully-guaranteed trigger dates (Sept. 1 in 2015 and 2016). Boston also holds a team option on that 2016-17 season.

The Celtics are protecting themselves a bit with a lengthy deal, keeping Johnson under their control long term should he emerge as a viable role player. And if their roster fills up and he's not part of their future, Boston has the potential to cut bait or use him as a trade asset.

Boston previously used a portion of its midlevel exception to sign Vitor Faverani and Phil Pressey to similarly structured low-risk multiyear pacts (both Pressey and Faverani signed three years deals, with qualifying offers looming in 2016-17 that could keep them here even longer).

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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