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James Johnson
James Johnson
Position: F
Born: 02/20/87
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Salary: $15,349,400
Johnson is entering the third season of a four-year, $60 million free agent deal he signed with the Heat in the summer of 2017 following that breakout season. With a 2019-20 salary of $15.3 million, he’s the third-highest paid player on Miami’s roster behind only Jimmy Butler ($32.7 million) and Goran Dragic ($19.2 million). But that doesn’t mean Johnson feels like he’s entitled to getting his starting spot back. “Whatever Coach Spo puts me at, the minutes, whatever, I’m going to be OK with that,” he said. “I’m at a point in my career where I work hard, I play and I do whatever I have to do. If I was to complain about that, then we wouldn’t have no UD in our locker room.”
Johnson, 32, is hoping his summer work speaks for itself next season. While Heat guard Dion Waiters has used social media to document his offseason workouts and even posted a before-and-after photo to show off a trimmer physique, Johnson has also quietly dedicated this summer to making 2019-20 a bounce-back season. “Dion is adamant about his and I’m more silent,” Johnson said. “We’ve been grinding and we’ve been working together on and off. I feel like he’s ready. He looks the best that I’ve seen since he’s been a Miami Heat. And I’m healthy. Like he said — doubt at your own risk.”
With the Eastern Conference proving to be particularly forgiving, a 38-41 record still has the Heat positioned to play on beyond Wednesday’s regular-season finale against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclay Center. “A three-game season,” forward James Johnson said, “I think that puts things in perspective. I think it’s a lot easier to bottle up three games and to know — empty the tank every game.” Or, as forward Kelly Olynyk said, no different than being down 3-1 in a best-of-seven playoff series. “We’ve put some good games together this year,” he said. “We’ve just got to do it three games in a row. That’s the key.”