Heat trade guards Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington to Suns, acquire Ryan Anderson

Heat trade guards Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington to Suns, acquire Ryan Anderson

He is averaging 10.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 44 games with the Heat this season.

Anderson's contract is only partially guaranteed for $15.6 million next season.

Ellington, however, is a strong candidate to be moved before Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. 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.

The Miami Heat without Tyler Johnson will be like playing chess without a rook.

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Ellington is now on a one-year, $6-million deal and rarely found minutes in the Heat's rotation. Entering this season, Anderson has made at least 100 three-point field goals in four consecutive seasons and in 7-of-10 campaigns overall. With Justice Winslow growing into a strong point guard in the absence of All-Star Goran Dragic, and Dion Waiters back at full health, it's not a surprise Wayne Ellington is gone.

The 26-year-old Johnson is in his fifth National Basketball Association season. He also has a 15 percent trade bonus valued at $1 million.

The complex structure of that deal eventually hamstrung the Heat from salary-cap and luxury-tax standpoints, with the bulk of the salary coming in the final two years of the deal. Gambadoro reports the expectation was the Suns were going to waive and stretch Anderson in the offseason.

Anderson, an 11-year National Basketball Association veteran, has appeared in 637 career games (289 starts) averaging 12.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 26.2 minutes while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 38 percent from three-point range and 85.4 percent from the foul line.

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