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Celtics Not Expecting Big Things From Their New Big Man Right Away

When the Boston Celtics traded away Kendrick Perkins in February, they'd hoped that the platoon of Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal could take enough of his minutes that his absence wouldn't effect the team negatively. 

But neither O'Neal was able to remain healthy long enough to make that difference. So it was that Boston drafted Purdue's JaJuan Johnson with the 25th overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. 

While NBA fans wait to see if there will even be a season at all, the Celtics aren't expecting Johnson to be the impact player that fans expect him to be, at least not right away, writes's A. Sherrod Blakely

Johnson's likely to have quite a bit of time to work on his game, however, as there have been few signs of an agreement being reached between the NBA owners and the NBA Player's Association anytime soon.