Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NBA Trade Grades: Suns adding Tyler Johnson from Heat

NBA Trade Grades: Suns adding Tyler Johnson from Heat

Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro and The Athletic's Shams Charania later added to the report, clarifying Wayne Ellington would also be heading to Phoenix, with Ryan Anderson going to South Beach.

As for the Wayne Ellington addition to this deal, we can expect that Ellington pushes for his release so he can sign elsewhere for a contender, as the Suns don't necessarily need him for the remainder of the season.

While Ellington hadn't played much this season in Miami, he hadn't publicly complained about the lack of playing time and only recently sought out a trade from the team.

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Johnson is on a contract that will have paid him $19.2 million by the end of this year, which almost matches Anderson's $20.4 million deal. He is under contract through the end of next season, and is set to earn $20.4 million this year and $21.2 million in 2019-20.

Johnson, 26, is averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.5 minutes this season. He is earning $19.2 million this year and has a player option for another $19.2 million next season before becoming a restricted free agent.

Johnson, 26, went undrafted in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft out of Fresno State. He is in the third year of a four-year $80 million deal. He has appeared in just 15 games for Phoenix this season. But, he will likely be waived by the Suns, ESPN reports. 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 Suns initially acquired Anderson in a trade with Houston on August 31, 2018.

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