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Suns acquire Johnson, Ellington from Heat for Anderson

Suns acquire Johnson, Ellington from Heat for Anderson

Ryan Anderson is reportedly heading to Miami in return.

Wayne Ellington's stay with the Phoenix Suns apparently won't be for long.

Johnson is set to earn $19.3 million this season, with a player-option for next year worth the same.

Anderson, 30, earns roughly the same amount at $20.4 million this season but has a friendlier contract in 2019-20 with only $15.6 million guaranteed. For the Heat, the move revolves around trying to duck the luxury tax. A native of Grand Forks, ND, Johnson is averaging 10.8 points on.426 shooting, 2.5 boards and 2.8 assists in 25.5 minutes a night in 44 games this season.

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Johnson, 26, was in his fifth season with Miami since going undrafted in 2014. He's on an expiring $6.2 million deal that had a veto option for any trade attached to it. Phoenix has the ability to swing another deal for Ellington but he can not be aggregated into a package deal. He has appeared in just 15 games for Phoenix this season.

Wojnarowski reports that Ellington's agent is working with the Suns in an effort to have him waived so he can join a playoff contender. The 31-year-old is averaging 8.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 21.3 minutes in 25 games (12 starts) this season, shooting 37.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from deep and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Anderson was acquired as part of the Suns' trade before the season that shipped Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Houston Rockets.


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