Just like Allen Crabbe, Tyler Johnson believed at the free agency, he'd be standing in Brooklyn, holding up a Nets jersey, but also like Crabbe, he didn't. Instead, also like Crabbe he wound up back with his old team.
"I was like almost 100 percent sure I was going to end up in Brooklyn," Johnson said Monday in Miami. "But, yeah, it's an incredible feeling. And I'm excited to get back to work."
Johnson also said he had a hard time dealing with the $50 million offer sheet he got from the Nets.He chose the Nets over the Bulls, Hornets and Kings, who reportedly offered him $53 million.
"I threw up a couple of times when I heard the number go out there. I was in shock. I even lost a little bit of weight, because just the anxiety of going through that whole process and not knowing where I was going to be," He said.
Johnson also revealed that at one point in the process, before actually signing the offer sheet, he was approached by the Heat with a similar offer, but without the poison pill arrangement. The Nets offer would have paid him $5.6 million, $5.9 million, $18.9 million and $19.6 million. The Heat wanted him to abandon the Nets offer and go with a $50 million deal spread out equally over four years, $12.5 million.
"It was very late in the process," he said. "I had already kind of come to the assumption that everything was going to play out the way it didn't, really, like they were going to re-sign Dwyane and everything. I think that kind of threw a wrench in everything. It was only a matter of an hour and a half where I had to make the decision of either signing an offer sheet that I kind of committed to or just not signing and restructure a new deal.
"Obviously I opted to sign it and keep the commitment I made to Brooklyn. And Miami still showed how much they wanted me to be a part of their team by matching."
In his interview with David Aldridge on Friday, Sean Marks said he was disappointed that neither Johnson nor Crabbe wound up with the Nets, but he saw a silver lining.
"Those guys fit our mold of bringing in those young, high competitive young players that we can try to build around," Marks said. "We didn't get them, but we have to take some solace that they signed with us when they had other offers on the table."
Here's video of Johnson's talk with the Miami media.