The Kings were in need of backcourt depth. After trading Marcus Thornton to Brooklyn at the deadline last week, Sacramento learned it will not have the services of Jason Terry, acquired from the Nets, because of lingering knee issues and the team is negotiating a buyout of Jimmer Fredette’s contract.
Johnson was a second-round pick of the Kings in the 2012 NBA Draft out of US Santa Barbara, but he never played for Sacramento; his rights were traded to the Pacers the day after the draft in a straight cash deal.
Johnson played in 38 games, averaging nine minutes a night, for Indiana this season. He averaged 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per game while shooting 34.4 percent. Last season, he averaged four points and 2.2 rebounds while averaging 12.1 minutes a game in 51 games for the Pacers and he also played in 12 of the team’s 19 playoff games last spring. He was waived by Indiana on Thursday after they acquired Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen from the 76ers in exchange for Danny Granger and needed to free up a roster spot.
While at UC Santa Barbara, Johnson led the Big West Conference in scoring all three years he was there (2009-10 through 2011-12), transferring there after playing his freshman year at Loyola Marymount. He was a graduate of Palma High School in Salinas.