Nets’ Tyler Johnson seeking ‘redemption’ after frustrating Suns stint
Tyler Johnson’s stint with the Phoenix Suns wasn’t as good as he expected it to be. Now that he’s with the Brooklyn Nets — a team that he wanted to be a part of four years ago — Johnson is catching up on lost time.
To recall, Johnson was traded to the Suns from the Miami Heat in February 2019. From his perspective, the team had trouble identifying what his role would be. In the end, the partnership did not last and he was eventually waived in February 2020 before landing with the Nets.
“Obviously it didn’t work out the way I would have wanted it to,” said Johnson of his time in Phoenix, per Tom Dowd of nba.com. “There was a handful of things that I felt could have gone better, not necessarily from it being nobody’s fault, I just felt like coming in there and having the quick change, I think it took a long time for everyone to get on the same page as far as me with the team and what my role was with the team. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, but fortunately, I’m here (with the Nets). I find myself in a position where I can have a little bit of redemption.”
In the summer of 2016, Johnson was a restricted free agent and received a four-year, $50 million offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets. He said he wanted to become part of the organization, but then the Heat matched the Nets’ offer and eventually re-signed Johnson.
But as fate would have it, Johnson will be donning the Nets jersey in the Orlando bubble.