Amir's here and wants to stay.
But in a brief interlude with a gathering of reporters waiting at the Air Canada Centre this morning for the breathless prose of NBA draft prospects, Johnson made it clear – succinctly – that he could very well be a Raptor again once he becomes a free agent in July.
“Absolutely. I know I talked to Bryan Colangelo and he said he wanted to re-sign me 100 per cent so I guess we have to wait until July and see what happens.”
Johnson’s one of a handful of Raptors free agents and – behind Chris Bosh, of course – the one the team wants to re-sign above all else. He had something of a breakthrough year last season and his nightly effort and energy was in contrast to some of his teammates.
Getting him back has to be a priority.
But Johnson’s going to attract some attention from other teams and it’s not like he’s going to sign back in Toronto the first second he can.
“I’ll probably take my time with it, there’s no rush, I’m just going to keep on working hard."
And now, more waiting for draft prospects.