Jeremy Lin might have found his backcourt partner with the Brooklyn Nets as his new team signed restricted free agent Tyler Johnson on Sunday.
Johnson, who played the last two seasons with the Miami Heat and was undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth $50 million, as confirmed by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The same report noted that Johnson will make a huge jump in his NBA salary after earning just about half a million last season with the Heat. The big contract is unlikely to be matched by Miami, who recently gave a max deal to top free agent center Hassan Whiteside and still waiting for Dwyane Wade’s decision.
Other teams interested in Johnson were the Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans as also noted by Wojnarowski.
Johnson’s deal will be one of the most surprising deals this 2016 offseason with the salary cap rising for all NBA teams.
The 24-year-old shooting guard averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists in 24.0 minutes per game for the Heat last year. He also shot 38.0% from the three-point area.
Despite the low numbers, it looks like the Nets believe in his potential to be a legit starter for their team.
The Nets now form a potential starting backcourt of Tyler Johnson and Jeremy Lin, who was recently signed in the 2016 offseason.
Lin signed a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Nets. Brooklyn also signed power forward Trever Booker and center Justin Hamilton this summer.
Jeremy Lin and Tyler Johnson will be among the Nets core players in the next few years along with star center Brook Lopez. Can Brooklyn improve next season with this line-up and challenge for a playoff spot?
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