Jamal Crawford: So happy for my brother @Tyler Johnson …

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Puccio: “I think you definitely see Jamal Crawford come back next year. I’m very confident that he’ll be back, and also Tyler Johnson as well after what he did in the Orlando bubble. We know Sean Marks likes him a lot after the contract that he threw at him when he was in Miami. I think, with Chandler, it’s kind of a coin flip. I personally don’t think that he’s coming back, but we’ll have to see on that front.”
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Johnson in the building to watch Heat-Timberwolves. A friend of many Heat players and a friend of James Johnson.
Johnson spent parts of his first five NBA seasons in Miami before getting traded to the Suns in 2018. He has averaged 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his career, which began as an undrafted player out of Fresno State. There's expected to be interest in signing Johnson in the marketplace.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Phoenix Suns are waiving guard Tyler Johnson, league sources tell ESPN. He will become an unrestricted agent upon clearing waivers. That will open up a roster spot for Suns.
Phoenix still has no proven point guard; Tyler Johnson could be available if he opts into his contract for next season, sources say.
And unless something significant changes, it’s increasingly likely the Heat will need to wait until the summer of 2020, not 2019, to again be in position to make a franchise-altering free agent signing. That wasn’t necessarily the plan. The Heat has tried to move Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson this offseason but has not found a trade market, according to three people in contact with the team. Dion Waiters’ name also has been raised, one of these people said.
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have matched the contract of restricted free agent Tyler Johnson. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are extremely happy to re-sign Tyler,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “He, Hassan, Justise and Josh have grown together as an exciting, athletic, highly skilled young core over the last couple of years. They are going to have a tremendous opportunity this season and we are looking forward to watching them play together on the floor.”x
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources on @TheVertical: Miami RFA guard Tyler Johnson has signed offer sheet w/ the Brooklyn Nets: 4-years, $50M. Heat has 3 days to match.
BrooklynASAP: If Tyler Johnson were to refuse the offer from NETS, can Riley offer him a comparable contract with a different structure? - Bobby Marks: Nothing has been signed by Tyler Johnson. Heat would have to use room to structure it starting at $12.5m.
Sunday morning, restricted free agent Tyler Johnson, a former NBA Development League pickup by the Heat two seasons ago, agreed to sign a four-year, $50 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets when the league’s moratorium ends on Thursday. A source, who confirmed the news, said the Nets are expecting to sign Johnson because the way the contract is structured is not conducive to the Heat to match.
Barry Jackson: Am told Heat was informed of Johnson o-sheet with Nets, to be signed July 7. Nets anticipate getting Johnson because of contract structure.
Dwyane Wade: Any kid that wants to be an NBA player & you don't think you have a chance. Look no further then @RealTJohnson Congrts kid you earned it!
Once Johnson, 24, signs the offer sheet at the end of the free-agent signing moratorium on Thursday, the Heat will have three days to match the offer and retain Johnson – or let him leave for the Nets. For Johnson, the contract represents one of the most rapid financial ascensions in recent league history: From an undrafted NBA Development League guard in 2015, to participating in only 68 games over parts of the past two seasons, to a staggering poison-pill contract that guarantees seasons of $18 million-plus and $19 million-plus in the final two years of the deal.
Johnson had several comparable offer sheets, but the opportunity for playing time in Brooklyn, the chance to play for new coach Kenny Atkinson and under general manager Sean Marks’ evolving new shingle, sold him on Brooklyn. Sacramento, Chicago, Charlotte and New Orleans were among aggressive suitors for Johnson, league sources said.
Guard Tyler Johnson, a restricted free agent, met with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets in Chicago on Friday, according to a source. He also has had conversations with several other teams, including Brooklyn. As of this morning, he wasn't in a rush to resolve his situation and wasn't on the verge of agreeing to terms on an offer sheet.
Tyler Johnson began discussions with teams today, and though the Heat has expressed interest in signing him to a multiyear deal, Johnson wants to let this process play out, which might include signing an offer sheet that the Heat would have the right to match. Brooklyn and New Orleans are among those who have shown interest, according to a friend of Johnson.
Barry Jackson: Heat makes Tyler Johnson qualifying offer, as expected, allowing them to match offers. Cap hit of about $1.2 M, can exceed cap above that.
Tyler Johnson: Undrafted and holds tremendous value inside the Heat organization. Miami is protected by the "Arenas" provision. Restricted free agent to whom teams can only offer the average player salary. Terrific athlete who can play multiple positions.
Unlike with Whiteside, Tyler Johnson will be a restricted free agent (not unrestricted) next summer, allowing the Heat to match other offers. Under the Gilbert Arenas rule, no team can offer Johnson more than the equivalent of the $6 million mid-level exception next season. The good news is that Miami can exceed the cap to sign Johnson, provided his salary begins at no more than 104.5 percent of the NBA's average salary of just over $6 million. And there's no reason to start Johnson above that amount, because other teams can't offer even that, let alone more than that.
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Nets hoping for Andre Drummond buyout?

Meanwhile, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported on a podcast with Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, that the Nets have their eyes on Drummond who’s playing on an expiring $28.7 million contract. ”People around the league say the Nets are hoping that Andre Drummond, the Cavs center, gets bought out. That’s what people say they’re hoping for but that’s unlikely because Cleveland is still in it,” referring to the playoff hunt.
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John Wall: 'They thought I was done'

“I just wish I would have known up front and not have to beat around the bush to figure things out. That’s just my motivation there. They thought I was done. Basically, that’s how I feel. This is my opportunity to show them that I’m not done. But the most important thing for me is get the win. I don’t care how many numbers I have, it’s about getting the win. That’s the most important thing because if I get 40 and then we lose, the trade don’t look as bad from their aspect because they beat us that one game they did play us. So, my ultimate goal is to try to get a win for my team tomorrow.”
Well, that’s going to be hard to imagine once you hear his extended thoughts on playing the Wizards on Tuesday, which he shared with NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller. Now with the Rockets, Wall admitted facing the Wizards is personal after how his exit was handled, and that he is out for revenge. “Just seeing everybody that’s over there, a lot of people that’s on that side that probably didn’t believe I could come back to be the person I am. And probably some people that had a little say so into me being traded,” Wall told Miller. “I feel like it was a whole process and it wasn’t just something that happened overnight. I think this was in the works. That’s my motivation. Who wouldn’t want to beat the team that traded them and felt like I was done?”
“Most importantly, all I really wanted from the start of all of it was just to be told the truth. That’s the most important thing and what made it so hard for me to understand what was going on because I wasn’t told the truth. I understand it’s a business and things go on and people move on and you get traded, organizations in different ways. When I heard the rumors, I called and asked are these true or are these something not to worry about? From that day forward, all I heard was ‘no, those rumors aren’t true, don’t worry about it.’ In all reality, it was true,” Wall said.
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