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