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Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has signed veteran guard James Johnson to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

The move means Johnson will be available for the remainder of the season after the Cavs lost guard Isaiah Thomas to a season-ending knee injury.

Johnson, 27, was the team’s leading scorer last season with 20.5 points per game, shooting 51.7 percent from the field.

He averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 27 games last season.

“We felt that we needed to continue to add talent to our team, and J.J. has proven himself to be a premier scorer at both ends of the floor,” Cavs president of basketball operations Koby Altman said in a statement.

“He brings an aggressive and intelligent game to our roster, which will help us continue to build towards our championship aspirations.”

With Johnson, the Cavaliers are now on pace to have six players return for at least the final 10 games of the regular season, which includes the playoffs.

The Cavaliers’ roster is also set to be bolstered by the signing of veteran guard DeMar DeRozan.

DeRazan has agreed to a three-year contract worth $15 million, which is $2.5 million less than his original contract worth more than $20 million.

DeLozan, 27 (2/13/95), averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 29 games last year for the Raptors.

He will be eligible for a buyout after this season.