Jeremy Lin to lose backcourt partner at Brooklyn Nets with Miami Heat looking to match Tyler Johnson’s offer sheet

Jeremy Lin to lose backcourt partner at Brooklyn Nets with Miami Heat looking to match Tyler Johnson’s offer sheet

With Dwyane Wade signing with the Chicago Bulls, there are now NBA rumors that the Miami Heat are considering matching Tyler Johnson’s four-year $50 million offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets. If the Florida franchise matches, they will retain the promising guard and the Nets will lose a possible starting SG to go alongside free agency signing Jeremy Lin.

Johnson is a restricted free agent this summer that’s why the Heat has the option to match the Nets’ offer sheet and retain him. Wade leaving Miami was unexpected and they now have the extra money to afford Johnson’s $12.5 million per year contract until 2020.

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Pat Riley and the Heat have three days to decide if they want to retain Johnson.

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This put in danger the plans of the Nets to start a backcourt of Jeremy Lin and Tyler Johnson next season. The Nets have other wing players in Bojan Bogdanovic, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Sean Kilpatrick but they are not seen as starters at this point of their NBA careers. Among the three, Bogdanovic carries the most potential to be starter in the wings.

The Nets may want to add another shooting guard from free agency if the Heat matches but there are only few good prospects left in the market. Still available are J.R. Smith, P.J. Hairston, Kevin Martin and Gary Neal, among others.

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Johnson averaged just 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his second year in the league. However, he is an athletic wingman that can play defense and hit from the three-point area. The Nets are looking for additional scorers to support Jeremy Lin and star center Brook Lopez.

Jeremy Lin is coming off a great season with the Charlotte Hornets with averages of 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Photo courtesy: Instagram/ jlin7

  • LinFan17

    If it is the case to lose Johnson, I hope Nets can get Aaron Brooks as Jeremy Lin’s new back court partner.

    • waky wake

      Are you sure about that idea? Aaron Brooks is only 5′ 10.5″, 31 years old and never has been a lights out jumper shooter. He would be an absolute liability at the SG spot on defense and taller SGs guarding him, tend to shut him down on offense. Alternatively, the Celtics have a 6’6″ SG, on their roster, that was a rookie last season. I believe he has since been assigned to their D-league team. His name is R.J. Hunter and although raw, he’s already a deadly outside shooter. I believe with some training from Atkinson and time on the court, he will become an elite long range bomber and at 6’6″ and relatively quick, he won’t be a liability on the defensive end. I’ve been suggesting this guy since the Nets signed JLin. He’s like third, or fourth down on the Celtic’s SG depth chart, but don’t let that fool you. Check out video of this guy from when he was playing for his father at Georgia State University. He’s signed to a rookie contract with them, but I believe Boston needs to free up some cap space and if Brooklyn agreed to take on say Jonas Jerebko’s, Jae Crowder’s, or some other $3 to $6 million dollar contract the Celtics need to dump, I’m positive Boston would throw in Hunter, to make it happen. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think Hunter is a jumpshot-o-matic waiting to power up. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

      • LinFan17

        When Jeremy Lin was in Rockets, Aaron Brooks was his teammate. It was very impressive for Aaron Brooks 3 point shots. Aaron Brooks is not a good starter, but Aaron Brooks would be good as a backup PG.

        • waky wake

          I can agree with that.

  • akachris

    While I don’t need a rehash of Linsanity, it’d be somewhat funny if the Nets signed Landry Fields or Steve Novak.

    • LinFan17

      That was the best part of Linsanity. Landry Fields was not able to get a contract in last season.

    • waky wake

      I think Novak might be a serviceable bench possibility, but keep in mind, he is 33. I don’t know about Fields.

    • fturla

      There’s nothing wrong attempting to recruit players that have been team mates in prior seasons. That’s how Golden State tempted Kevin Durant to the Warriors. Why not get former mates even if they are over thirty years old? Reasonable salary cap friendly offers to Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, Landry Fields, Steve Novak, Aaron Brooks, P.J. Hairston, etc. There are over two dozen more mates that would give a try with the Nets and all the contracts can be team friendly with the Nets having the team option to keep the players in the following year. In this way the Nets would have a very large salary cap to play with next year and use this year as try outs for Jeremy Lin’s friends to prove they can ball as good as before. Brooklyn has the budget, the available roster spots, the time, and no pressure to win immediately. You have to look at the opportunities this situation brings and believe the glass is half full and can be leading to even more potential for the future.

  • HoustonRocket

    Johnson would be a good starter. Without a legit SG Jeremy Lin will be exposed

    • waky wake

      I don’t know about Lin specifically being any more exposed than the rest of the starters, but the team as a whole will certainly be weaker and will suffer more defeats because of it. Take a look at this first season guy I keep mentioning the Celtics having, name R.J. Hunter and yes, I noticed your moniker. Nothing wrong with being a Rox fan and commenting on JLin though.

  • Truth Sayer

    What about Terrence Jones? Is he healthy? Hed be a great pick up.