Sources: Pistons, forward Johnson agree to 3-year deal

Restricted free-agent forward Amir Johnson has agreed to re-sign with the Detroit Pistons for an estimated $12 million over three years, NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com on Thursday.

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The Pistons have now realized their top two offseason priorities by retaining the promising young Johnson and keeping 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups.

The Pistons have hardly used Johnson since taking him out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles with the 56th pick in the 2005 NBA draft. In two seasons with Detroit, Johnson has played in just 11 games.

He posted a career-high 20 points on 10-for-14 shooting in this season's finale against the Celtics.

At 6-foot-9-inches and with a 7-foot arm span, Johnson is known
for his athleticism.

This season, Johnson is expected to get a chance to play regular
minutes as a backup power forward. He spent parts of each of the
past two seasons playing in the NBA's Development League, where he
dominated opponents, often leading the Pistons' affiliates in
scoring and rebounding.

Johnson is expected to play in the Pistons' summer league finale
on Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas. He missed the first four games
as his contract situation was completed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.