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PHILADELPHIA — The Celtics have until Thursday to make a decision on the future of swingman Chris Johnson, who has sparkled since signing the first of two 10-day contracts with the club three weeks ago.
His second 10-day contract expires Thursday and the Celtics’ lone option if they want to retain Johnson is sign him for the remainder of the season. An NBA source said the team is still debating whether to keep Johnson. There is a question because the Celtics are precariously close to the luxury tax and don’t want to limit themselves salary-wise during the trade deadline with another guaranteed contract.
Johnson was averaging 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in about 24 minutes per game entering Wednesday night’s 114-108 win over the 76ers.