Suns Agree to Deal with Heat for Guard Tyler Johnson


According to Wojnarowski, the Suns are expected to waive Ellington so he can join a playoff contender. His NBA career average is 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per outing.

With the Miami Heat making that cap-saving deal with the Phoenix Suns, Pat Riley and Micky Arison may have a few more moves up their sleeve to get off the heavy cap that the Heat have before the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

No draft picks were involved in the trade, with the Heat previously having sent two first-round picks to the Suns in 2015 for guard Goran Dragic. He also has a 15 percent trade bonus valued at $1 million.

Ryan Anderson is reportedly heading to Miami in return.

Johnson, 26, went undrafted in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft out of Fresno State. At the time it was a necessary evil for the Heat to match the four-year $50 million restricted offer sheet the Brooklyn Nets gave to Johnson in the light of Wade's bitter departure to the Chicago Bulls. Johnson had been positioned to take a more Heat-friendly version of his contract, a factor that had not sat well with the Heat moving forward. He's in his 5th National Basketball Association season.

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.

Johnson is a combo guard who is averaging 10.8 points per game with 2.8 assists per contest who could step in to be the starting point guard.

The trade leaves the Heat with 13 roster spots, one short of the required amount.