Hapoel Jerusalem has announced the signing of two Americans for next season - Chris Johnson and Tashawn Thomas. Johnson joins the team from France, but Thomas also played in Israel last season.
Johnson arrives to Hapoel Jerusalem after spending last season, his first abroad after many years in the NBA and the NBA G League, with BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque in France. The former Dayton Flyer averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in 25 games for Gravelines-Dunkerque as the team went 15-19 and missed the LNB Pro A playoffs. Johnson played for five NBA teams across parts of six seasons as well as the NBA G League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, most recently playing in the U.S. for the Vipers of during the 2016-2017 season.
Tashawn Thomas will switch teams, but not countries. Thomas spent last season in Israel as well with Hapoel Holon, where he averaged 10.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, including an impressive 13.9 points per game clip in the Basketball Champions League. Thomas will stay in the same country for the first time in his career after spending time in Germany and Italy.