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

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

He has appeared in 44 games (10 starts) this season averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 25.5 minutes while shooting 42.6 percent from the field.

Johnson has one season remaining on his contract at $19.3 million.

Ellington could be rerouted to another team before the deadline.

Johnson, 26, is averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.5 minutes this season.

The trade will not move mountains nor change much for the Miami Heat who are loaded with depth at the guard position. Anderson is signed through next season for $15.6 million.

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

Anderson, 30, was averaging 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in his first season with the Suns.

The trade reduces the Heat's luxury tax for this season from $9.7 million to $1.7 million, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The Heat also gained a $6 million trade exception that can be utilized in a trade for a calendar year.

Johnson has spent all five of his National Basketball Association seasons with the Heat. The buyout market is expected to be pretty good this year, so expect the Heat to make a run at the bevy of veteran role players once they agree to buyouts with their new teams.

For the Suns, they receive another guard to add to their rotation. Gambadoro reports the expectation was the Suns were going to waive and stretch Anderson in the offseason.

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