Free agent Tyler Johnson reportedly agrees to deal with Nets for restart

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With Kyrie Irving out for the restart in Orlando following shoulder surgery, Brooklyn could use a little more depth at guard.

Enter Tyler Johnson, the newest Net.

Brooklyn signed Johnson for the restart in Orlando, a story broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Nets have had an interest in Johnson for a while, back in 2016 they tried to poach him from Miami with a four-year, $50 million restricted free agent contract. The Heat matched.

Johnson never quite lived up to the promise of that contract but he was a respectable rotation player. At least up until the last year, when Johnson’s shot deserted him in Phoenix (48.1 true shooting percentage, 28.9% from three). He got buried on the bench, and when the Suns couldn’t use him in a trade at the deadline they bought him out.

Johnson was one of the top available free agents heading into this transaction window. The Rockets reportedly had interest, but the Nets stepped up.

If Johnson is fully healthy and can find his shot again, he can give the Nets guard depth — he shot 37% from deep four years ago.