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Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat have agreed to trade Tyler Johnson to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Ryan Anderson. This news comes only a day before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
Johnson, now in his fifth year with the Heat, has appeared in 44 games this season. Starting 10 of them, the former Fresno State Bulldog has played an average of 25.5 minutes a night. Posting averages of 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists, Johnson will likely step in and play significant minutes at point guard for Phoenix. Doubling as a shooting guard, Johnson’s versatility allows him to start or come off the bench.
With a $19 million player option for next season, it’s almost certain Johnson picks it up will be on the books for that amount. In addition to a hefty salary, Johnson has a trade kicker of 15 percent that’s put into action as a result of this trade.
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While Anderson’s contract this year is comparable to Johnson’s, the veteran’s guaranteed salary for the 2019-20 season has dropped from over $21 million to just under $16 million. This saves Miami a bit of cap room and provides both players with a change of scenery.
Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.
EDIT: Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Heat guard Wayne Ellington is also being sent to the Suns as part of this trade. His contract expires at the end of the season.