The Miami Heat had a glaring need at shooting guard behind Dwyane Wade, and it seems as though they might be taking the youthful approach to filling it.
RealGM reported today that their league source informs them that Tyler Johnson has reached a deal with the Heat. Terms of the deal are not known, but it is likely to be a one year, and non-guaranteed deal.
Johnson averaged 12.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and two assists for Miami. The 6-foot-4 guard also shot 52 percent from the field on just over eight shots per game during the Summer League. Johnson played in both the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues for the Heat, and he was a standout product.
Despite the attention being on heralded rookie Shabazz Napier, James Ennis and Justin Hamilton -- Johnson stood out as a breath of fresh air through his athleticism and constant attacking mindset. Hot Hot Hoops has talked about the strong possibility that Johnson gets invited to training camp, alongside Tyler Honeycutt, another SL standout.
Johnson is turning down several other interests from overseas with the hope of making the Heat roster for the regular season. Although it probably is not guaranteed, we really like Johnson as a prospect and a spark for the Heat, and it is also refreshing to see them take the youth route.
Johnson will still have to battle for any playing time, but he will remind you a lot of the likes of Terrel Harris when he was with the Heat. Johnson is a scorer, and averaged nearly 16 PPG his last year at Fresno State, and at 22, he can still mature into a very productive player.
Time will tell.