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Heat trade Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington to Suns for Ryan Anderson

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Miami makes an important trade to help significantly reduce their luxury tax bill.

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The Miami Heat have made their first roster move of the season on the eve of the NBA trade deadline, sending guards Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for forward Ryan Anderson.

Johnson is making $19,245,370 this season and holds a player option for the same salary next season. He was averaging 10.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game in 25.5 minutes for the Heat, mostly off the bench but he also made 10 starts.

Already working with 14 players on the roster, Miami will now have 13 of the maximum 15 roster spots with this deal. They could explore further trades, sign players that will be bought out after the trade deadline or utilize one or both of their 2-way players Yante Maten or Duncan Robinson.

Anderson is making $20.4 million this season and $21.6 million next season. He agreed to reduce his guaranteed salary for the final year to $15.6 million when he was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Suns. Miami can then decide by July 10 to either keep him on the roster for his full salary or waive him and owe him the reduced amount.

Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported that Wayne Ellington is being acquired by the Phoenix Suns.

The Miami Heat made it official later today.

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