Nets re-sign guard Tyler Johnson for added firepower off Nets bench
Johnson signed with Brooklyn on June 24, and he started six games for the Nets in the bubble, including two playoff games. In the seeding games, he averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 24.2 minutes per game.
The terms of the deal were not publicized.
In the playoffs, the six-year veteran averaged 13.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Johnson is gritty on both ends, and he can play both backcourt positions.
Before signing with Brooklyn, Johnson appeared in 31 games during the 2019-20 season with the Phoenix Suns, averaging 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 16.6 minutes per game, though his tenure was marred by injuries.
Johnson played for the Miami Heat from 2014-19.In 2016-17 with Miami, the 6’4 combo guard played 73 games and averaged a career-high 13.7 PPG.
In his career, the 28-year-old has averaged 10.5 points per game on 42.9% shooting, including 35.9% from 3-point range.
In 2016, Brooklyn presented Johnson, then a restricted free agent, with four-year, $50 million offer sheet. Miami surprisingly matched the offer sheet, but Johnson expressed his gratitude to the Nets and GM Sean Marks for the exorbitant offer.
“Man it was a great feeling,” Johnson told Nets Daily in 2017. “You can tell by the conversations we were having that they were very interested in the sense of making me a focal point of this franchise, so I was definitely humbled by the belief they had in me…I was ready for Brooklyn.”
Johnson went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, beginning his career with the G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce.