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Sources: Heat near deal to send Johnson to Suns

Sources: Heat near deal to send Johnson to Suns
McGrady: Johnson trade isn’t going to help Suns (0:50)

Tracy McGrady and Brian Windhorst evaluate the Heat trading Tyler Johnson to the Suns for Ryan Anderson. (0:50)

The Miami Heat have agreed to trade guards Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to the Phoenix Suns for veteran forward Ryan Anderson, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

Agent Mark Bartelstein is working with the Suns to waive Ellington and allow him to join a playoff contender, league sources told ESPN. The 31-year-old guard is averaging 8.4 points in 21.3 minutes per game for the Heat this season, just above his career averages.

Johnson, who is averaging 10.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game this season, has one left year on his contract, assuming he opts in for $19.3 million next season. He also has a 15 percent trade bonus valued at $1 million.

The tax bill in Miami will drop from $9.7 million to $1.7 million. That figure could drop further if Kelly Olynyk misses out on his $1 million bonus for playing 1,700 minutes, which he is not on pace to do.

Miami will create a $6.27 million trade exception with the trade, which Ellington must approve. 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.

The 30-year-old Anderson was averaging 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in his first season with the Suns. He also has played for the Rockets, Pelicans, Magic and Nets during his career, averaging 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Bobby Marks contributed to this report.

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