Heat sign Tyler Johnson for rest of season

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Hassan Whiteside has – deservedly – received most of the attention for thriving with the Heat after playing in the D-League.

But he isn’t the only player to do so.

Tyler Johnson, who spent training camp with Miami and then signed two 10-day contracts, has emerged as a key piece of the Heat’s rotation with Dwyane Wade injured.

Heat release:

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed guard Tyler Johnson for the remainder of the season.

In five games since joining the rotation, Johnson is averaging 8.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 22.3 minutes per game. He’s shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 57.1 percent on 3-pointers.

The 22-year-old who went undrafted out of Fresno State is an impressive athlete and has a knack for being in the right place. With the rest of the season to develop, he’s positioned to carve out a multi-year NBA career.

More immediately, the 21-29 Heat – tied with the Nets for eighth in the Eastern Conference – need him to help their playoff push.