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Suns’ Tyler Johnson admits how ‘weird’ it is to go into other locker room in Miami

Tyler JOhnson, Suns

Earlier this month, the Miami Heat traded guard Tyler Johnson to the Phoenix Suns simply to get out from under his contract.

The Heat were the only team Johnson had known throughout his four-and-a-half-year NBA career, and for that reason, he said it was “weird” entering AmericanAirlines Arena as a visitor on Monday.

So weird, as a matter of fact, that Johnson barely even knew that the other locker room was back there:

On the season, Johnson has played in 49 games and is averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and a steal over 26.1 minutes per game while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor, 35.1 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the free-throw line.

The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at California State University, went undrafted but landed with the Heat for the 2014-15 NBA campaign.

He appeared in 32 contests during his rookie season, recording 5.9 points, 2.5 boards and a steal across 18.8 minutes a night while making 41.9 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.5 percent of his long-distance tries and 68.1 percent of his foul shots.

After the 2015-16 season, the Heat signed Johnson to a four-year, $50 million contract, opening a lot of eyes around the league as he was not exactly a proven commodity at the time.

The following year, Johnson registered 13.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals through 29.8 minutes per game, connecting on 43.3 percent of his shots, 37.2 percent of his triples and 76.8 percent of his free throws.

Tyler Johnson declined from there, leading to the Heat deciding to dump him at the trade deadline.