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Miami Heat present Tyler Johnson with qualifying offer

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The Heat grant Tyler Johnson a qualifying offer making him a restricted free agent.

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat have presented a qualifying offer to guard Tyler Johnson on Wednesday. This move makes him a restricted free agent allowing the Heat to match any offer Johnson may receive when he officially becomes a free agent on July 1st. Johnson was injured for much of the latter part of the 2015-2016 season, but has fully shown that he is capable of being a force for the Heat.

In the 36 games played for Miami this season, Johnson averaged 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. He was also present in five playoff games, though his impact was minimal due to a minutes restriction.  It can be said that his potential was arguably the reason Miami decided to trade point guard Mario Chalmers so it's expected that he does indeed return to Miami following the events of this year's offseason.

The offer is for $1.18 million for one season, a significant improvement over $845,059 that he earned in his second season with the club.

See some of Johnson's highlights below: