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Heat agreed to trade Guards Johnson and Ellington to Suns for Anderson

09 February 2019

The Miami Heat are finalizing a move before the trade deadline as multiple reports claim the team is moving Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to Phoenix. Entering this season, Anderson has made at least 100 three-point field goals in four consecutive seasons and in 7-of-10 campaigns overall.

After landing in Phoenix, Ellington and his agent are reportedly working with the Suns toward his release, which would likely come in the form of a buyout, in order to join a playoff contender.

Ellington was the most affected by the logjam. He potentially could find playing time with the Heat, with Johnson and Ellington both dealt and sidelined at least another month with a knee injury. This season through no fault of his own and due to the emergence of Jones, Ellington played only sparse minutes. The Heat also gained a $6 million trade exception that can be utilized in a trade for a calendar year. He is earning $19.2 million this year and has a player option for another $19.2 million next season before becoming a restricted free agent. While $19.2 million is an insane price to pay for Johnson's mediocre services, it's not that much of an upgrade compared to what they would've been paying Anderson next year. Anderson has played for the Rockets, Pelicans, Magic, Nets, and Suns during his career, averaging 12.5 points.

The tax bill in Miami will drop from $9.7 million to $1.7 million.

The trade leaves the Heat with 13 roster spots, one short of the required amount.

Heat agreed to trade Guards Johnson and Ellington to Suns for Anderson