Heat want to re-sign Ellington, trade Johnson

The Miami Heat and guard Wayne Ellington have mutual interest in getting a deal done once free agency starts July 1, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

Ellington will be an unrestricted free agent, meaning his return is not guaranteed since another team could offer him a larger contract than Miami is able to pay.

The Heat have $120 million committed in salaries for the 2018-19 season.

In 77 games this past season, Ellington averaged 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists for the Heat, shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from three.

In other Heat related news, Miami would like to move Tyler Johnson’s contract, but aren’t especially optimistic about it. The Heat have a crowded backcourt with Goran DragicJosh Richardson and Dion Waiters all expected to get significant playing time.

The Heat’s backcourt could get even more crowded if Dwyane Wade decides to return for a 16th season.

Johnson, who averaged 11.7 points in 2017-18, is due to make $19.2 million next season.