In 44 games this season, the 26-year-old is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game on 42 per cent shooting from the field. Anderson has a cap hit of $20.4 million this season and $21.3 million in 2019-20, of which $15.6 million is guaranteed with the remaining amount becoming fully protected if not waived by July 10. The Suns, who are focusing on developing a young core, will buy Ellington out, so he should find himself on a playoff team soon.
Ellington, 31, had fallen out of the rotation in a deep Miami backcourt this year, appearing in 25 games and averaging 8.4 points. Miami also included guard Wayne Ellington as part of the trade.
Anderson, 30, was averaging 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in his first season with the Suns.
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The playmaker has always been linked with a move to Spain, and told French radio station RMC he has made a decision on his future. The interview took place around two months ago, but Hazard would have known that it was not due for release immediately.
Johnson is on a contract that will have paid him $19.2 million by the end of this year, which almost matches Anderson's $20.4 million deal. It also allows Miami to have a $6.3 million trade exception to use in the summer. At the time it was a necessary evil for the Heat to match the four-year $50 million restricted offer sheet the Brooklyn Nets gave to Johnson in the light of Wade's bitter departure to the Chicago Bulls.
Anderson has made more than 1,300 career 3-pointers since he entered the league as a first-round pick in 2008, but he had played in only 15 games in 2018-19, his first season with Phoenix.