Miami Heat have decided to match the offer sheet for Tyler Johnson and he will play for the team for the next four seasons. Johnson was a restricted free agent who signed an offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets, however, the Heat were able to match the offer and they did it, so Johnson will stay in Miami.
The Nets offered Johnson a 4-year contract worth $50 million. What made this contract so hard for the Heat to match is the fact that Johnson will be paid nearly $20 million in both of his final two years of the contract. With this, the Heat will not have much cap room flexibility which will make it harder for them to sign free agents in 2019 and 2020. However, they will match the offer and Johnson will stay in Miami, where he spent the last two seasons.
Johnson averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season. He dealt with a shoulder injury which required a surgery, but he returned for the playoffs. He is expected to be 100% healthy next season and to continue his growth as a player. Johnson was one of the best 3-point shooters on the roster last year, converting 38% of his long range shots. He also played very well on both ends of the floor and he fought hard in every game he played.