A person with knowledge of the negotiations spoke with the Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed.
Johnson could sign with the Heat as early as Saturday when he clears waivers. The earliest Johnson — who was bought out by the
It's a complex move for the Heat, who made a series of deals at the trading deadline to get under the luxury-tax threshold and avoid the highly punitive repeater tax. The team was planning to wait until the second week of March to add a player, then would add another in the final week of the season to fill the roster but still escape the repeater.
Barring another move, those plans are now changed.
The Heat have long had a philosophy that they would pay the tax if they deemed a move worthwhile, and Johnson's shooting ability apparently qualifies as such. He has 85 3-pointers this season, more than any other Heat player. Miami's top 3-point shooter this season is
Miami is down to 10 available players, with three players — Bosh,
Rose, the 2011
Rose averages 16.5 points per game, third on the team behind Butler and Pau Gasol. Tony Snell took Rose's spot in the starting lineup.
Gordon set for return
"He was playing pretty good basketball when he got hurt, so hopefully we can get him back" to that level, Gentry said after Friday's practice. "It will just be good to have him out there."