August 24, 2007
Albany - Former Dougherty High star Alexander Johnson has gone from one of the worst teams in the NBA to one of the best.
Johnson signed a two-year contract Friday morning with the Miami Heat.
Johnson's agent told the Miami Herald that the second year is a team option.
The former Florida State Seminole will give the Heat depth at the power forward position this season.
Johnson told WALB News 10 that he could have made more money by playing in Europe this season but jumped at the chance to sign with the Heat because the 2006 NBA champions have a chance to win another title in 2008 with Shaquille O'Neal and Dwayne Wade.
Johnson was drafted by Indiana in 2006 in the second round and traded that night to Memphis.
He played in 59 games for the Grizzlies in his rookie season but was waived last month by new general manager Chris Wallace who has hired a new head coach in Mark Iavaroni.