THURSDAY, 10:42am: The deal is official, the team announced.
WEDNESDAY, 12:44pm: The Heat are signing Tyler Johnson to a second 10-day contract, reports Shams Charania of RealGM. The guard’s first 10-day deal with the Heat expired a week ago, but a source told Hoops Rumors then that while the club wouldn’t re-sign him for the time being, another deal was a possibility as soon as one week later. Johnson will move back into the open roster spot vacated when his initial 10-day run expired.
Miami had Johnson on its summer league squad after he went undrafted out of Fresno State this summer, and he impressed enough to merit a contract partially guaranteed for $75K so he could join the team for the preseason. He failed to make the opening night roster, but Miami retained his D-League rights, and Johnson averaged 18.5 points in 34.5 minutes per game with 42.6% three-point shooting for the Heat’s affiliate. The 22-year-old had a stint of less than two minutes in one game for the Heat’s big club on his first 10-day contract.
The Heat won’t be able to sign the Pedro Power client to any more 10-day deals once this one expires, so any subsequent contract between the sides this season would have to cover the rest of the season. The other 14 players on Miami’s roster already have contracts for at least the rest of the season, and the Heat’s desire to maintain flexibility in case of a trade factored into their decision to wait on a new 10-day deal for Johnson.