Tyler Johnson ‘threw up a couple of times’ over $50 million deal
Tyler Johnson probably figured his time with the Miami Heat had come to an end after he agreed to a four-year, $50 million offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets. But with the departure of Dwyane Wade, the Heat decided to match the Nets’ offer.
But Johnson’s reaction to the realization that he was going to make that kind of money no matter where he played? Let’s just say it evoked a visceral reaction in the 24-year-old shooting guard from Grand Forks, N.D.
“I threw up a couple of times when I heard the number go out there,” Johnson told the Miami Herald’s Ira Winderman on Monday. “I was in shock. I even lost a little bit of weight, because just the anxiety of going through that whole process and not knowing where I was going to be.”
Johnson said he was “almost 100 percent sure” he would be joining the Nets, so the news that he would be staying with the Heat was “an incredible feeling” and he’s “excited to get back to work.”
The decision by Wade to leave Miami for his hometown of Chicago of course left the Heat with a lack of depth at the shooting guard position. That stunning development likely prompted the team to match Johnson’s offer sheet. It also resulted in signing Dion Waiters to a two-year, $6 million deal. It’s expected that Johnson and Waiters will be compete for the starting spot at shooting guard.
Given another NBA player recently warned us about taking comments too literally in the wake of a momentous development in their career, perhaps it’s safe to assume that Johnson didn’t actually empty the contents of his stomach upon learning the terms of his new contract.
As far as the merits of signing a $50 million contract is concerned, Johnson is a solid if not spectacular player. He has played in 68 NBA games, averaging about 24 minutes per game, 8.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting at a 49 percent clip from the field and 38 percent from three-point range.
The notion that a player with those numbers earned a contract that averages $12.5 million per season — even in these crazy contract times — might even cause some NBA fans to feel some gastrointestinal distress as well.