Spurs Sign NBA Veteran DerMarr Johnson

NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 29, 2007: The San Antonio Spurs today announced the signing of 27 year-old swingman DerMarr Johnson who has played with the D-League's Austin Toros and Benetton Treviso in Italy this season.

After a brief stint with the Italian powerhouse, Johnson joined the Toros, the Spurs' NBA Development League affiliate on Nov. 29. In 11 games with the D-League team he posted averages of 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 33.8 minutes of action. Johnson is the eighth Gatorade Call-Up this season and the third by the Spurs this week. He is preceded by guard Keith Langford (Dec. 28) and forward Marcus Williams (Dec. 26).

The 6-9 Johnson played the first two seasons of his NBA career with the Hawks, who made the former Cincinnati standout the sixth overall selection in the 2000 NBA Draft.

Heading into his third pro campaign tragedy struck Johnson who was involved in a severe car accident which left him with a broken neck. The massive injuries forced him to sit out the entire 2002-03 season and left his playing career very much in peril.

His miraculous comeback began when he was signed by the Phoenix Suns in Oct. 2003, but he got cut prior to the start of the season. The next stop was a brief stint in the ABA, and then he was signed by the New York Knicks, where he played 21 games and averaged 5.4 points in 13.7 minutes of action during the 2003-04 season.

The following year the Denver Nuggets signed Johnson, where he subsequently played three seasons averaging 7.1, 6.1 and 3.5 points per game respectively.

In total Johnson has played 339 NBA regular season games and has averaged 6.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 17.4 minutes of action.