Heat trading Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington to Suns for Ryan Anderson

Ross Houston
February 7, 2019

The Athletic's Shams Charania reports that Wayne Ellington will also go to Phoenix in the deal.

The 26-year-old Johnson is in his fifth National Basketball Association season, all with Miami, holding career averages of 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range in 257 games (56 starts).

While Ellington hadn't played much this season in Miami, he hadn't publicly complained about the lack of playing time and only recently sought out a trade from the team.

Johnson, 26, is averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 44 games this season, 10 of them starts.

The Heat will save on the cap and luxury tax in 19-20 with the move. He is under contract through the end of next season, and is set to earn $20.4 million this year and $21.2 million in 2019-20.

Miami will create a $6.27 million trade exception with the deal, which Ellington must approve.

Johnson, 26, went undrafted in the 2014 National Basketball Association draft out of Fresno State.

However, Ellington's agent, Mark Bartelstein, is working with the Suns to have the guard waived, which will allow him to join a playoff contender, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ellington, 31, had fallen out of the rotation in a deep Miami backcourt this year, appearing in 25 games and averaging 8.4 points. Gambadoro reports the expectation was the Suns were going to waive and stretch Anderson in the offseason. He's shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from 3-point range.

Anderson was sent from the Rockets to the Suns in late August.

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