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James Johnson | Forward | #16

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 250
College: Wake Forest
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (16) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Pat Riley said that James Johnson "could possibly start at the power forward spot" for Miami next season.
Johnson only started five games for the Heat last season, but he was a key cog in the rotation throughout the year and played particularly well after the break, pumping out averages of 13.8 points, 5.0 boards, 4.3 dimes, 1.1 triples, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.3 turnovers per game which was good enough for sixth-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He should be targeted towards the late-middle rounds on draft day. Jul 10 - 4:25 PM

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James Johnson has agreed to the framework of a four-year, $60 million deal to stay with the Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

The Heat are still trying to shed some salary, so that explains why the terms are not agreed upon just yet. Johnson had his best year with the Heat in 2016-17, turning in career-high averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 boards, 3.6 assists and 1.0 treys. He only started five games, but he's going to get minutes in the upper 20s again. He's a nice target late in drafts.
Jul 6 - 8:57 PM

According to James Johnson's agent, Mark Bartelstein, he and the Heat are "working on something."

Johnson is scheduled to meet with Heat president Pat Riley, but there's also reportedly mutual interest between him and the Jazz. Johnson hasn't ever secured a massive payday as a free agent, so his services will more than likely go to the highest bidder after he produced career numbers with the Heat this past season.
Jul 5 - 1:11 PM

According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Jazz and free agent forward James Johnson have mutual interest.

The Jazz are scrambling with Gordon Hayward leaving to join the Celtics, and now that their Plan B in Otto Porter has signed an offer sheet with the Nets, they have reportedly turned their attention towards Johnson. The Heat have said all along that they want to keep the versatile forward and he even said he'd take a discount, but now he may not have to because Miami has about $35 million in cap space to work with. He's coming off a career year with averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 boards, 3.6 dimes, 1.1 triples, 1.0 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, and Utah's interest should increase his leverage in his contract talks with the Heat.
Jul 5 - 1:50 AM

The Heat have had preliminary talks with unrestricted free agent James Johnson, but nothing is imminent on that front.

The Heat probably don't want to make any big signings until Gordon Hayward has made his decision, so don't expect to see any traction here until that first domino falls. Johnson is coming off a career-year with Miami in which he contributed averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 boards, 3.6 dimes, 1.1 triples, 1.0 steal and 1.1 blocks per game, so he should see a solid raise this offseason. In terms of fantasy hoops, Miami would present him with the best opportunity to produce.
Jul 4 - 6:50 PM

James Johnson was at Gordon Hayward's Saturday meeting in Miami.

He's a free agent, so this clearly shows Johnson and the Heat have a ton of interest in their partnership. If you're excluding big names like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Johnson may have been the low-key most improved player and obviously coach Erik Spoelstra's system is close to perfect for him because of his versatility. His fantasy value would like be highest with the Heat.
Jul 1 - 5:27 PM

The Clippers are interested in James Johnson, Rudy Gay, Jonathon Simmons, Danilo Gallinari, P.J. Tucker, Joe Ingles and Andre Iguodala in free agency, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

In other words, Los Angeles wants all of the small forwards. The three spot has been a revolving door that pre-dates the Doc Rivers regime, but perhaps that won't be the case for too much longer. Of the names mentioned here, Ingles, Tucker and Iguodala would seem to be the most plausible.

James Johnson said he would like to re-sign with the Heat this summer but was non-committal when asked if he would give the Heat a hometown discount.

Dion Waiters recently said he would give the Heat a hometown discount, but Johnson is 30 years old and this will be his first massive contract -- he made $4 million in 2016-17. With averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.1 triples on 47.9 percent shooting, Johnson played multiple positions for the Heat last season and was arguably the waiver wire pickup of the year. His dynasty owners will be hoping that he stays in Miami, and considering that the Heat are projected to have $38 million in cap space, that seems likely.
Jun 12 - 9:53 AM

Justise Winslow hinted he'll be recruiting James Johnson and Dion Waiters.

"They already know," Winslow said. Johnson has said he's willing to re-sign with the Heat and said loyally will help Miami. Johnson may have led the second-tier guys for Most Improved Player with a career year under coach Erik Spoelstra, so it makes sense for him to stick around to maximize his playing time. His fantasy value would likely be highest in South Beach.
Jun 3 - 8:11 PM

James Johnson hinted that he's willing to re-sign with the Heat for a discount this summer.

"I think the loyalty to this organization will outweigh a lot of other things, including money," he said. Johnson is going to command a ton of interest on the open market, but the Heat have made it very clear that their intention is to re-sign both Johnson and Dion Waiters this summer. JJ was arguably the waiver wire pickup of the year for fantasy owners, compiling averages of 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.1 triples on 47.9 percent shooting.
Apr 17 - 1:41 PM

James Johnson managed 16 points with nine assists, two rebounds and just three turnovers in Monday's 124-121 overtime win against the Cavaliers.

While Johnson's board totals were surprisingly low in this one, he was very giving with the basketball, hitting nine or more assists for just the third time this season. He ended up fouling out, but not before giving his DFS and fantasy owners another solid stat line as a starter.
Apr 10 - 11:27 PM

James Johnson thrived in the starting lineup again with 22 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors.

He started out 0-of-7 from the field, but carried the Heat to keep them in this game. Johnson is likely going to be starting the rest of the way and his fantasy owners should probably view him as the pickup of the season.
Apr 7 - 10:49 PM

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praised James Johnson for his "willingness to accept whatever role."

"And we're at the stage in the season, it's go-time. We don't have time to mess around," Spoelstra said. "We've dealt with so many different starting lineups, different rotations. Guys understand and they're able to step up and not look at you crazy." Johnson went off in his first start of the season on Wednesday with 26 points, four boards, three assists, two steals and six triples on 10-of-12 shooting, but even if Luke Babbitt (hip) is good to go on Friday, Johnson's owners can still deploy him with confidence. He's arguably one of the best waiver-wire pickups of the year.
Apr 6 - 10:44 AM

James Johnson blew up in his first start of the season on Wednesday, going 10-of-12 from the field with a season-high 6-of-7 three-pointers for 26 points, four boards, three assists and two steals.

Johnson logged 32 minutes in his first start all season, which is more than five above his average as a reserve. Luke Babbitt (hip) is day-to-day and if he's available on Friday, we'd expect Johnson to head back to the bench. Either way, he's a reliable every-night fantasy option, whereas Babbitt is merely a deep-league specialist.
Apr 5 - 9:53 PM

James Johnson will start for Luke Babbitt (hip) on Wednesday against the Hornets.

It took until Game 78 of the season, but Johnson will make his first start. He's been one of the most consistent players in the rotation and has already seen his minutes climb to 29.0 per game over his last five. Johnson was already a no-brainer start in fantasy and now he may get minutes in the 30s today, making him a solid target in DFS. Okaro White should be backing him up.
Apr 5 - 6:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Josh Richardson
2Dion Waiters
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Justise Winslow
2Rodney McGruder
PF1James Johnson
2Kelly Olynyk
3Okaro White
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Edrice Adebayo
3A.J. Hammons
4Udonis Haslem