Suns guard Johnson exercises option on contract

Tyler Johnson is set to hit free agency after being waived by the Suns. File photo

Phoenix Suns combo guard Tyler Johnson has picked up the player option on his contract for the 2019-20 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Johnson is due to make $19.25 million next season.

He was acquired by the Suns along with Wayne Ellington in a February trade with the Miami Heat for Ryan Anderson.

Johnson, 27, appeared in 13 games with the Suns, averaging 11.1 points and a career-high 4.2 assists. He went undrafted in 2014 before signing on with the Heat and spending four-plus seasons with the franchise.

His contract comes courtesy of an offer from the Brooklyn Nets, who offered Johnson a backloaded $50-million deal in 2016. The Heat decided to match as Johnson was a restricted free agent.