Suns to acquire Heat’s Johnson, Ellington for Anderson

Suns to acquire Heat’s Johnson, Ellington for Anderson

Although Ellington is arriving with Johnson from Miami to Phoenix, the guard may not be in the desert long.

Trade activity in the National Basketball Association is continuing apace as Thursday's deadline approaches.

On the court the trade frees up two spots in a logjammed backcourt rotation. With Justice Winslow growing into a strong point guard in the absence of All-Star Goran Dragic, and Dion Waiters back at full health, it's not a surprise Wayne Ellington is gone.

Ellington was the most affected by the logjam. Among the several perimeter players on Miami, Ellington took the biggest hit in terms of playing time. This season through no fault of his own and due to the emergence of Jones, Ellington played only sparse minutes. His contract also has a 15-percent trade bonus valued at $1 million. Anderson has a cap hit of $20.4 million this season and $21.3 million in 2019-20, of which $15.6 million is guaranteed with the remaining amount becoming fully protected if not waived by July 10. He is in the third year of a four-year $80 million deal. 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. The Heat save money here in terms of paying less luxury tax.

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Johnson is on a contract that will have paid him $19.2 million by the end of this year, which almost matches Anderson's $20.4 million deal.

Johnson's contract had a player option this summer which he is likely to pick up.

Anderson is averaging 3.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game for Phoenix.

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