The Adelaide 36ers have signed Daniel Johnson to a new three-year deal, which will see the star centre remain in Adelaide until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Johnson led the Sixers in rebounding for the 2019-20 season, averaging 8.25 rebounds, 18 points and 2.18 assists per game in his tenth season with the club.
The 32-year-old Western Australian has played 300 NBL games, picked up seven All-NBL team members and has been awarded the NBL’s Most Improved Player.
Daniel Johnson is grateful to have his career extended at the 36ers.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club over my 10 seasons and Adelaide has become home. I look forward to Coach Henry’s arrival and working towards bringing a championship to the city of Adelaide,” Johnson said.
New Head Coach Conner Henry is excited to be working with Johnson who is considered to be a franchise centre piece and one of the best big men in the NBL.
“I couldn’t be more excited to know Daniel will be part of owner Grant Kelley and GM Jeff Van Groningen’s vision of the club going forward. Having DJ part of the next chapter for the club, embracing his teammates and the community will help us to build the roster and reach our goals for the future. Congrats DJ!” Henry said.
Adelaide 36ers General Manager of Basketball Jeff Van Groningen said Johnson was due to come out of contract at the end of the coming season so retaining their front court star was a priority.
C“Our absolute priority this off-season was to ensure we kept DJ in an Adelaide 36er jersey, not just for the coming season but beyond. We are so pleased that although he had the chance to ‘opt-out’ D.J. in fact opted-in, and extended his contract. He’s with us and we’re with him. There are some exciting days ahead and much of what we do will revolve around #21“.