Heat trade Johnson, Ellington to Suns

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The move allows the Heat to save a little bit of money by getting off of Johnson's $19.3 million next season while Anderson is guaranteed $15 million next season.

The deal provides salary-cap and luxury-tax relief for the Heat, while Johnson gives the Suns another playmaker and ballhandler to back up star guard Devin Booker. Ellington is expected to be waived by the Suns, then eligible to sign with the team of his choice. His NBA career average is 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per outing.

No draft picks were involved in the trade, with the Heat previously having sent two first-round picks to the Suns in 2015 for guard Goran Dragic. If no such agreement is reached, the 31-year-old is in the final year of his $6.2 million contract and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.




Johnson, 26, was in his fifth season with Miami since going undrafted in 2014. He is in the third year of a four-year $80 million deal. 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. Johnson in 44 games with the Heat this season averaged 10.8 points (42.6% FG and 35.3% 3FG), along with 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 44 games.

Anderson, an 11-year National Basketball Association veteran, has appeared in 637 career games (289 starts) averaging 12.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 26.2 minutes while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 38 percent from three-point range and 85.4 percent from the foul line.

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