Rockets considering Tyler Johnson for NBA relaunch

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, the Houston Rockets are interested in signing point guard Tyler Johnson. He has been a free agent.

Johnson was released by the Phoenix Suns back in February. However, after being released, he was unable to sign with a team before the teams were shut down in March due to the coronavirus.

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The NBA has been on hold since March 11th due to a positive test by Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Once Gobert tested positive for the virus, the NBA suspended their season indefinitely, except allowing the games, which had started or were about to start to continue before the league went on a hiatus.

When the league returns in July, teams are expected to have at least one additional roster spot available to them. There will only be 22 teams that resume the season with an eight game regular season to determine the seedings for the playoffs.

Besides Johnson, teams are expected to consider other free agents, who will be eligible to play in Orlando, as long as they sign with a team. Financial terms of the potential agreements for the eight games are unknown — and maybe more if they make the playoffs.

With the extra depth, it’ll give teams a chance to have a safety net in case they have to lose a player while they play in Orlando due to the coronavirus. If a player does come down with the virus, they will have to go into isolation for at least 14 days.

The 28-year-old has played for the Miami Heat besides the Suns in his career. He was traded from the Heat to the Suns on Feb. 6, 2019 with Wayne Ellington for Ryan Anderson.

This season, before Johnson was released, he appeared in 31 games, including three starts. He averaged a career-low 5.7 points per game.

Johnson also averaged 1.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game.

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