The first name here is the recently released Tyler Johnson. Johnson is reportedly drawing interest from several teams. Being that he started off his career shooting better than 37 percent for the first three seasons of his six year career, it isn’t shocking teams are expected to give him a look mid-season.
The Phoenix Suns are a miserable pit stop these last few seasons. They currently rank 13th in the Western Conference. That Johnson was let go is more of a testament to them. While Deandre Ayton goes through growing pains and Devin Booker continues to put up numbers on a losing team, veterans are not going to be kept around to take minutes away from youth.
With the Boston Celtics, the youth will need to take a lesser role. Currently, 30-year-old Brad Wanamaker is the primary backup point guard. Johnson is three years younger and has four years more NBA experience.
Plus, he knows Erik Spoelstra’s system, having spent four and a half seasons under him in South Beach. Johnson has some insight if the C’s drew the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. Sometimes, end of the bench guys serve a very specific purpose. Johnson can serve as an emergency spark plug and sage.