Raptors Acquire Johnson And Weems From Milwaukee
August 18, 2009 - The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have acquired forward Amir Johnson and guard-forward Sonny Weems from the Milwaukee Bucks for guard-forward Carlos Delfino and guard Roko Ukic. The Raptors facilitated a sign and trade with Delfino.
“After drafting DeMar DeRozan and trading for Marco Belinelli, Hedo Turkoglu and Antoine Wright, Carlos made it clear he would prefer to play elsewhere if he were to return to the NBA,” said Raptors President and General Manager, Bryan Colangelo. “There were limited sign and trade scenarios available, but acquiring Amir Johnson in this deal gives us another long, talented young big man whose best basketball is ahead of him.”
Johnson, 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, spent his previous four seasons in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons. Last season, Johnson appeared in a career high-tying 62 games, with a career-best 24 starts, and led the Pistons in field goal percentage at .595. He had a career-high 14 rebounds, with 10 points and three blocks in a career-best 38 minutes versus Sacramento on January 2, 2009 and a season-high 12 points, with 13 rebounds and three blocks in 32 minutes versus New York on November 26, 2008.
Johnson averaged 3.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.97 blocks in a career-high 14.7 minutes in the 2008-09 season. In 24 games as a starter, he averaged 4.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.04 blocks in 19.6 minutes. He recorded 17 games with two or more blocks shots.
The 22-year-old was selected out of Westchester (Los Angeles) High School by the Pistons in the second round of the 2005 Draft.
Weems, 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, was originally drafted by Chicago in the second round of the 2008 Draft. The University of Arkansas product was dealt to Denver on draft night. Weems played in 12 games with the Nuggets as a rookie, averaging 1.6 points and 4.6 minutes.
Weems also appeared in 21 games with the Colorado 14ers of the D-League, averaging 20.5 points (17th in the league), 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.2 minutes. He led the 14ers to the D-League championship, averaging 22.8 points in the postseason.
Delfino played in Russia last season after seeing action in 82 games with the Raptors in the 2007-08 campaign. He averaged 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds for Toronto. Ukic made his NBA debut last season following six seasons overseas. He averaged 4.2 points, 2.1 assists and 12.4 minutes in 72 games.