Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent F James Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports tells ESPN.
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Shams Charania: Timberwolves forward James Johnson has opted into his $16M deal for 2020-21 season, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Many around the league expect Johnson to opt into his $16 million player option. As the Timberwolves search for a third star to pair with Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell, Johnson’s expiring contract could be part of a trade piece puzzle.
Manny Navarro: JJ on #Heat core returning: “It’s good to know the upper office had the same taste in their mouth and they’re not willing to let that go.”
Manny Navarro: FYI, I’m told the final year of James Johnson’s four-year, $60 million deal is a team option.
Ira Winderman: Agent Mark Bartelstein reiterates to Sun Sentinel that final year of James Johnson 4-year contract is player option, all $60M guaranteed.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Miami Heat and James Johnson have agreed to a 4-year, $60+ million deal.
Free agent James Johnson has agreed to the framework of a four-year, deal that could be worth as much as $60M to return to the Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent James Johnson has agreed to the framework of a four-year deal to stay with the Miami Heat, league sources tell ESPN.
Ira Winderman: Heat deal imminent with James Johnson.
Shams Charania: Sources: As Heat create space to re-sign James Johnson, Miami in advanced discussions to send forward Josh McRoberts to Dallas.
Barry Jackson: Heat’s intention is still to keep James Johnson, pending contract finalizing. Ellington probably not affordable at this point.
Barry Jackson: As one person who spoke to James Johnson said, his new Heat deal (which is fully expected to get done) is going to be big money, leaving little cap space beyond retaining Ellington in that scenario.
Johnson’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said he planned to speak to Riley on Wednesday night, with both sides eager to complete a deal. Bartelstein said shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday that he spoke to Riley on Tuesday evening and said they will resume talks in the morning. Both sides are working toward a deal.
Barry Jackson: Your James Johnson update: Mark Bartelstein spoke to Riley tonight and said they will resume talks in AM. Both sides working toward deal.
Tim Reynolds: AP is told that Miami and James Johnson are continuing to move near a deal. It’s been expected, and still is expected.
Barry Jackson: As for James Johnson, agent Mark Bartelstein said nothing in place yet but will talk to Heat tonight. Both JJ, Heat want to make deal.
Tony Jones: The Jazz and free agent forward James Johnson have mutual interest, League Sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
The Heat now is expected to expedite the process of trying to re-sign James Johnson and Dion Waiters and supplement the roster with at least one outside free agent.
Ira Winderman: Discussions regarding James Johnson and the Heat will take place tonight or tomorrow, agent Mark Bartelstein tells me.
Barry Jackson: Agent Mark Bartelstein, who reps Hayward, told me he & Heat are “working on something” for James Johnson, will talk with Riley tonight.
Beyond Gallinari and Gay, the Clippers also have interest in Jonathan Simmons, a rookie in San Antonio last year, and Miami’s James Johnson.
Heat forward James Johnson, who becomes a free agent early Saturday morning, said Friday that he would like to remain with the Heat and is willing to wait out a decision by Jazz free agent Gordon Hayward – Miami’s top target – even if the Heat has to put Johnson’s situation on hold for several days. “I’m a patient guy,” Johnson told me at DJ Irie’s annual golf tournament to benefit the Irie Foundation. “They can take as long as they want. My mindset is winning. I think Hayward can help us win and I’m all for it.
Heat forward James Johnson, who becomes a free agent early Saturday morning, said Friday that he would like to remain with the Heat and is willing to wait out a decision by Jazz free agent Gordon Hayward – Miami’s top target – even if the Heat has to put Johnson’s situation on hold for several days. “I’m a patient guy,” Johnson told me at DJ Irie’s annual golf tournament to benefit the Irie Foundation. “They can take as long as they want. My mindset is winning. I think Hayward can help us win and I’m all for it. They brought me here for a reason and I know they’re going after Hayward for a reason and I think his statistics and his numbers that he [produces], he fits in the best here.
During an appearance on WTVJ-Miami’s Sports Final on Sunday night, Johnson was asked if he felt the Heat would reciprocate the love he’s expressed for them in free agency. “I think the Heat already did plenty for me and even more than that,” Johnson said Sunday. “Just giving me the stage to work on and the opportunity to go out there and to become the best player I can be. They definitely gave me that stepping stone or eight stepping stones. For me, I feel like they did already more than what I had asked them or thought they would do. Anything after that, I’m truly grateful for the Miami Heat and I’m truly honored to be a part of it and hopefully it keeps on going.”
When asked Sunday if he would give the Heat a hometown discount in free agency, Johnson was non-committal in his answer but seemed to hint that it was a possibility. “I love this place so much and the opportunity they gave me, I couldn’t thank them enough,” Johnson said when asked about the possibility of signing with the Heat for less than market value. “Down the line, it’s hard in this phase of my career to try to find somewhere that you call home or you want it to be home and things like that. So you know the love I have for this team is up there. But it’s just something I got to let the agent and Pat discuss and try to figure out, and then just give my last say so at the end.”
Johnson said when he gets together with Waiters, free agency talk is something they try to avoid. “We try to stay away from that, to be honest,” Johnson said when asked if he talks with Waiters about their upcoming free-agent situations. “When we get together, we’re just the same normal James and Dion. We’re not worried about basketball or what’s to come.”
James has made it known that he wants to return to the Heat and could even be willing to take less money to be back in Miami. But Tyler understands the business. “I couldn’t imagine him leaving or going somewhere else,” Tyler said. “But at the same time, that being my brother, I only want the best for him. And I remember how close everything came for me last summer. So you never know. But obviously we definitely, we all want him back.”
Josh Baumgard: .@ZachLowe_NBA told @LeBatardShow yesterday he can see James Johnson getting something like a 2-year deal for $25-28M. Still seems low.
“I hope that Dion and James and the rest of our free agents like it here enough that we’re going to be fair with them and they’ll be fair with us,” Riley said. “We’re in a whole new era now with free agency.”
What’s Johnson’s goal next season? “I just want to beat Rodney McGruder next year in the conditioning test. Mark that down or whatever, but that’s my goal.”
Will you try to convince James Johnson and Dion Waiters to return to the Heat? Goran Dragic: “Definitely. James and Dion, they know how we feel. They know that we want them back. Everybody is so close that it’s going to be hard for them to choose some other team, too. Hopefully they stay.”
If Miami Heat owner Micky Arison was trying to send a message about which direction the franchise will be going when the free agent period officially begins in July – consider it strongly delivered. Roughly 50 minutes prior to midnight Saturday, Arison posted a photo on his Instagram account of himself standing alongside Dion Waiters, James Johnson and a bunny rabbit and a caption which read: “The @miamiheat future looks very bright.”
Johnson has had nothing but praise about his Heat experience. But a lot can change between December and July. It could come down to Johnson’s play reaching a level where the Heat view him as significant as the longshot chance for a second near-maximum free agent. And remember, Johnson does not have any sort of Bird Rights, so cap space will be the only means to retain him beyond a sizeable salary cut.
The Miami HEAT announced today the signings of free agents Wayne Ellington, James Johnson and Derrick Williams. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Marc Stein: James Johnson lands a one-year, $4 million deal deal with Miami, according to league sources
Alex Kennedy: James Johnson has signed with the Miami Heat, according to his agency.
Priority Sports: A huge congrats to our guy James Johnson on your new contract with the @MiamiHEAT. Could not be happier for you!
This will be it as Raptors for James Johnson and Jason Thompson and likely for Luis Scola and Biyombo as well. Ujiri and the front office have a ninth pick to either put on the trade market or use to draft a key part of the future.
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