A more mature James Johnson ready to win with Raptors

James Johnson arrives for a press conference at the Air Canada Centre after signing a contract with...

James Johnson arrives for a press conference at the Air Canada Centre after signing a contract with the Toronto Raptors, July 15, 2014. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:22 AM ET

TORONTO - It was an incident two seasons ago that landed James Johnson temporarily in Dwane Casey’s doghouse. He was suspended for two games for what both Casey and Johnson would refer to only as “an internal matter.”

Whether it was connected or not, Johnson played only 10 more games in a Raptors uniform before he was traded away.

Two years later after a stint in Sacramento and a stint in Memphis, Johnson is back with the full backing of the very same coach.

Casey and Johnson, who was a non-restricted free agent this summer, met on two occasions in Las Vegas recently ahead of the Vegas summer league tournament. They had a dinner, a breakfast and an earnest man-to-man talk before putting to rest what, if any, lingering resentments remained from that incident two years ago.

And then the two decided to give it another try.


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