Apr 22, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Ivan Johnson (44) grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Ivan Johnson's name can officially be added to the Atlanta Hawks' training camp roster after reportedly agreeing to sign the team's qualifying offer. Johnson will earn approximately $962,195 for the upcoming season. Atlanta issued the qualifying offer earlier this summer which gave them the right to match any offer a team made to Johnson.
Johnson became somewhat of a cult hero during last season after coming to training camp on a non-guaranteed deal and earning his way onto the roster. Johnson's performance in training camp essentially led to the team cutting ties with 2011 second-round pick Keith Benson.
Johnson played in 56 games as a rookie and averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest. His muscle and aggressive play was a valuable piece for the Hawks off the bench last season. Even at 6-foot-8, Johnson was Larry Drew's backup center for a stretch of the season after injuries sidelined both Al Horford and Jason Collins.