Miami Heat Players Being Discussed in Trades in Advance of Deadline

Rex Christensen
February 9, 2019

Johnson has a $19.1 million player option for next season. The Suns are expected to waive Ellington who will then be eligible to sign with a contending team. He averaged 3.7 points in those games.

With the Miami Heat making that cap-saving deal with the Phoenix Suns, Pat Riley and Micky Arison may have a few more moves up their sleeve to get off the heavy cap that the Heat have before the National Basketball Association trade deadline. Forward Justise Winslow being named as the Heat's starting point guard while Dragic recovers from knee surgery further added to the crowd. It also allows Miami to have a $6.3 million trade exception to use in the summer.

Johnson, 26, joined the Heat as an undrafted free agent during the 2014-15 season, playing well enough to earn a four-year, $50 million offer sheet from the during the 2016 offseason as a restricted free agent.

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With another mediocre season coming to fruition, the Miami Heat decided to make a trade with with the Phoenix Suns. He is best known for his hustle that often left him with missing teeth and other aggression-related injuries. Anderson fell out of rotation with the Suns earlier on in the season and was making over $20 million per season. He's in his 5th National Basketball Association season. He is averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 44 games with the Heat this season.

The 30-year-old Anderson has appeared in only 15 games this season, averaging 3.7 points and 3 rebounds per game. After that lone season in New Jersey, he played three seasons for the Orlando Magic. He also has time to work as the luxury tax applies to a team's payroll at the end of the season.

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