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Report: Suns’ Tyler Johnson exercises $19.25 million player option for 2019-20

Tyler Johnson, Suns

Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson has reportedly picked up his player option for the 2019-20 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Johnson will make $19,245,370 next season. He signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2016. The Suns acquired Johnson from Miami on Feb. 6.

Johnson underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee in April. The 27-year-old played in 13 games with the Suns and averaged 11.1 points, 4.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals while shooting 36.8 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 87.2 percent from the free-throw line.

There have been a few rumors going around that the Suns could trade Johnson this summer. The lefty has career NBA averages of 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 270 games with the Heat and Suns.

Phoenix went 19-63 this past season. The Suns traded the No. 6 pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Dario Saric and the 11th overall pick, which turned into Cameron Johnson. The Timberwolves ended up with Jarrett Culver, a player a lot of fans in Phoenix wanted.

Monty Williams is the new coach in Phoenix. He’s joining a team which hasn’t made the playoffs since 2010. Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are the cornerstones of the Suns at the moment.