James Johnson staying with Miami Heat on four-year deal

By Alex Butler   |   July 6, 2017 at 11:05 PM
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July 6 (UPI) -- The Miami Heat may not have reeled in a big fish free agent, but the franchise is keeping its own players from signing elsewhere. League sources told ESPN that James Johnson agreed to a deal Thursday.

Johnson's contract is for four years, according to ESPN. Sources told Basketball Insiders that the deal is worth at least $60 million.

The Heat also agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract Thursday with Kelly Olynyk. Johnson, 30, averaged a career-high 12.8 points per game last season. He also had career highs in rebounds (4.9), assists (3.6) and 3-point percentage (34 percent).

The eight-year NBA veteran played on a one-year, $4 million contract last season. He played his first seven seasons for the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies.

Johnson was the No. 16 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Wake Forest.

The Heat brought back Dion Waiters on Wednesday with a four-year, $52 million contract.

Johnson previously said that he wanted to return to the Heat. The Los Angeles Clippers were interested in signing Johnson, according to the Los Angeles Times. League sources told the Salt Lake Tribune that the Utah Jazz also had interest in the forward.

Johnson was among those Heat players at Gordon Hayward's meeting with the franchise on Saturday, before the star free agent agreed to terms with the Boston Celtics. Johnson's agent Mark Bartelstein told the Miami Herald Tuesday night that the Heat were "working on something" with his client.

The Heat cleared $25.3 million in salary cap space Tuesday by waiving Chris Bosh.

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