The Nets filled the final vacancy on their 15-man roster of full NBA contracts when they announced on Friday morning that they have re-signed free-agent guard Tyler Johnson. Newsday confirmed the deal is for the one-year veteran’s minimum.
The Nets made two more announcements Friday afternoon, including the signing of their second-round pick and the release of their preseason schedule.
Although the Nets are at the limit of 15 full-time contracts for the regular season, Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry, who was chosen with the 57th pick, can sign a regular contract because of the expanded number of training-camp roster spots.
While most teams are playing three or four preseason games, the Nets opted for a minimalist approach with only two. They faced the Wizards on Dec. 13 at Barclays Center and the Celtics on Dec. 18 at TD Garden in Boston. The regular-season schedule, which has not been announced, opens Dec. 22.
As for Johnson, he joined the Nets just in time for the re-start to the 2019-20 NBA season in the bubble at Disney World in Orlando. He played eight seeding games plus all four games in the Nets’ first-round playoff loss to the Raptors to earn a spot on a roster that is exceptionally well-stocked at the guard and wing spots.
His combined statistics for all of those games include 12.6 points per game, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. But the skill that jumps off the page is Johnson’s 39.1% three-point shooting during that stretch. It is all the more impressive because Johnson slumped in the first five of those seeding games when he made only 20.0% from three (3 of 15), but then he turned it around over the final seven games to shoot 44.9% from three (22 of 49).
Johnson previously signed a restricted free agent offer sheet tendered by Nets general manager Sean Marks in June, 2016. The Heat matched the offer to retain Johnson but later traded the left-handed shooter to the Suns near the end of the 2018-19 season. The Suns surprisingly waived Johnson last February, which is why he was on the free-agent market when the Nets needed to fill out their roster for the NBA re-start.