Brooklyn Nets still haven’t given up on this season despite not having Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant at their disposal. According to multiple reports, Nets agreed to a deal with guard Tyler Johnson on Wednesday in an attempt to boost their backcourt depth ahead of NBA restart.
Johnson spent the first part of the season with the Phoenix Suns, playing 31 games and averaging 5.7 assists per game. The 27-year-old was released by Suns on February 10th and was a free agent ever since.
Since Nets didn’t have a free roster spot before agreeing on a deal with Johnson, the team waived second-year point guard Theo Pinson. Pinson, who joined Brooklyn as an undrafted free agent in 2018, averaged 3.6 points this season.
Brooklyn hopes that Johnson might emerge as a reliable option on the guard position as they are gearing up for a tough start of the postseason. They are currently seventh in the East and will most likely face Toronto Raptors or Boston Celtics in the First Round of the playoffs.
Brooklyn Nets were close to signing Tyler Johnson back in 2016 when he was a restricted free agent. Nets gave Johnson a four-year, $50 million contract but the Miami Heat ended up matching their offer.
Johnson is in his seventh season as a pro and has career averages of 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.