Miami Heat Rumors: Tyler Johnson To Have Guarantee Picked Up, While Heat Still Mull On James Ennis

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It appears that Tyler Johnson will be back with the Miami Heat next season, while James Ennis still remains a question mark.

Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel reports that Johnson will have his 50-percent contract guarantee picked up by the Saturday deadline and that the Heat are still mulling Ennis.

After the Heat completed trades involving guards Shabazz Napier and Zoran Dragic on Monday afternoon, it became clear that Miami would have an open roster spot for the second-year Johnson for the upcoming season.

The 6’4″ guard didn’t make the active roster out of training camp last season, but was eventually called up to the main roster in January. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 assists in 32 games and two starts.

In the case of Ennis, things remain less clear.

The Heat waived Henry Walker on Monday afternoon, which might indicate that Miami plans on keeping Ennis around for another season.

However, they could very likely cut Ennis before his contract becomes fully guaranteed on August 1st. There have been rumors that former Heat swingman Mike Miller is interested in a return to the franchise where he won two championships.

In his rookie season, the 25-year-old Ennis averaged five points on 40.9 percent from the field in 62 appearances. He struggled to make a big impact despite being healthy for the majority of the season.

The Heat’s roster situation should become a lot clearer in the coming days as the August 1st deadline for guaranteed contracts approaches.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.