Nets rumors: Brooklyn linked to veteran shooting guard
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Brooklyn Nets linked to veteran shooting guard

Nets, Tyler Johnson

The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly interested in signing free-agent guard Tyler Johnson.

From John Hollinger of The Athletic:

“Teams in need of a fourth or fifth guard with some scoring pop will likely scour film on him carefully, with Denver and his one-time offer sheet suitors in Brooklyn seeming to offer the cleanest fit.”

Johnson, 28, last played for the Phoenix Suns and appeared in 44 total games for the club, including 31 this season. However, Johnson fell out of the rotation as the season progressed. He was waived shortly after the NBA’s trade deadline in February.

In his six-year NBA career, Johnson has averaged 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. In addition, Johnson has shot 43.0 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from three-point range. 

As for the Nets, they’ll need some players to fill out their roster as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are set to sit out the remainder of the 2019-20 NBA season. The Nets will be allowed to bring 17 players on their roster to the Disney World bubble.

It’s worth noting that the Nets signed Johnson to a four-year, $50 million offer sheet in 2016; however, the Miami Heat matched them. Nevertheless, if Johnson can stay healthy, he’ll provide some instant offense for the Nets. Furthermore, his versatility on defense makes him an excellent option for a team that struggled on that side of the ball throughout the 2019-20 season.

The Nets will have until late June to sign Johnson to a standard contract before entering the Disney World bubble. The NBA season is scheduled to resume play on July 30.