Indiana is well below the league’s salary cap “floor,” so there was little reason to believe the team would release either player. Today is the deadline to waive players on non-guaranteed deals before their salaries become fully guaranteed for the rest of the season.
Brissett, 24, has been a rotation regular for the Pacers, averaging 5.9 PPG and 3.1 RPG while shooting 37.0% from three-point range in 35 games (15.7 MPG). He has spent the last three seasons with Indiana after playing for Toronto, his hometown, as a rookie in ’19/20.
Johnson, 35, is a well-traveled veteran — the Pacers are his 10th team in 14 NBA seasons. He has only made nine appearances this season for an average of 7.9 minutes per contest, but clearly the club values his locker-room presence.
Brissett will carry a $1,846,738 cap hit, which is just above Johnson’s minimum-salary cap hit of $1,836,090. Both players will be unrestricted free agents in the summer.