The Miami Heat is going through an increasingly uncomfortable offseason. Veteran star Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson have left. Now the franchise is facing the Tyler Johnson dilemma.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed restricted free agent Johnson to a four-year, $50 million offer sheet. The ball is now on Heat’s court. They’ll have to decide whether to swallow the contractual poison pill of matching the $50 million offer sheet, or to let a developing star leave for Brooklyn.
Johnson’s deal is for $5.6 million and $5.8 million the first couple of season, as reports the Sun-Sentinel. But then it rises to $19 million and $20 million for the next two seasons. This isn’t worth unless the shooting guard evolves to a regular starter.
Can Tyler Johnson become a starter?
Johnson showcased his talent in a playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. Dwyane Wade’s absence makes the young shooting guard more valuable in Miami. He is capable of adding depth to the wing.
Johnson has only featured in 68 career NBA games. Two years back he was struggling to make a mark in the D-league. He is a product of Heat’s scouting and developmental program. If Pat Riley and company can pick up another Johnson through Heat’s developmental process, they can easily decline the offer sheet forwarded by Brooklyn.
Johnson gets rich this season as Nets’ new general manager Sean Marks made some bold moves this summer. If he lands in Brooklyn, he may not get the starting role. The Nets are considering newly recruited Allen Crabbe as a starter at the shooting guard position, as reported by Sports Rageous on Friday. Star point guard Jeremy Lin has also landed in Brooklyn this offseason.
Miami signed New York Knicks’ young forward Derrick Williams on Friday to add some value to its roster. If Chris Bosh can’t play, the franchisee has little chance of reaching the playoffs. Pat Riley & Co. may consider keeping the money.
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