Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
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Heat trade Tyler Johnson to Suns for Ryan Anderson

Heat trade Tyler Johnson to Suns for Ryan Anderson

This trade gives the Heat more room in their cap to make other deals going into the deadline tomorrow, so expect another Woj bomb fairly soon, as this could be the first of a "blow it up" path of trades.

The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat chose to add to that group Wednesday afternoon, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the two sides had agreed to a deal revolving around combo guard Tyler Johnson. The 26-year-old holds a $20 million player option for next season. He's shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point range. Johnson ranks second in Heat history with 19 career games scoring 20-plus points off the bench. That figure could drop further if Kelly Olynyk misses out on his $1 million bonus for playing 1,700 minutes, which he is not on pace to do.

Johnson participated in training camp with the Heat after going undrafted in 2014 then played 15 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the National Basketball Association G League before signing a 10-day contract with Miami on January 12, 2015, and making his National Basketball Association debut. He holds career averages of 8.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists with 885 career three-point makes on 38.0 percent shooting.

The 30-year-old Anderson has played in just 15 games for the Suns after being acquired from the Houston Rockets in an offseason trade. Meanwhile, the Suns stand at 11-44 and are out of the playoff race.

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