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Tyler Johnson agrees to deal with Brooklyn Nets

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Free-agent guard Tyler Johnson has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Nets is one of the 22 teams set to return to action in the bubble location in Orlando.

The Nets actually were actually interested in Johnson in 2016, offering him as much as $50 million for four years. Four days after the offer, the Heat matched the deal.

Tyler Johnson entered the NBA as an undrafted prospect in 2014. He has spent four and a half seasons with the Miami Heat where he was primarily a backup guard. In February 2019, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. Come April, Johnson was ruled out of the season after missing 10 games with right knee soreness and undergoing arthroscopic surgery. Come February, the Suns waived him. For his career, the 28-year-old is averaging 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists across 25.7 minutes of action.

Johnson’s signing might be an effort by the Nets to fortify the guard spot. After all, there’s still no assurance that star guard Kyrie Irving will suit up and join the Nets in the Orlando campus. Former league MVP Kevin Durant, too, is expected to sit out. The Nets are not willing to risk any more injury to their star forward.

The Nets sport a 30-24 record for seventh in the East. Though they are not expected to make it deep into the playoffs if ever they qualify, it seems that the Nets are looking to make the most out of the 2019-20 season. Johnson’s signing, too, maybe the beginning of a mini rebuild for the Brooklyn squad.