The Nets wasted no time in signing Alize Johnson, the 6’8” swingman and fan favorite whose second 10-day deal expired Saturday night. By Sunday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Nets had agreed to a “multi-year,” $4.1 million contract. Woj noted that Johnson, 24, had a choice of teams after playing well for the Nets over the last three weeks.
Johnson had his choice of a bit more guaranteed money elsewhere, but wanted to stay the course with Nets where's averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds on 65.7 percent shooting in six appearances.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 11, 2021
Woj did not offer details on how many years Johnson signed for but it appeared to be at least two years and perhaps three. If the deal is indeed a three-year deal, the Nets would have had to dip into their taxpayers MLE to make it work.
Not long afterwards, the Nets confirmed the news but without details.
On Monday, both ESPN’s Bobby Marks and Hoopshype’s Yossi Gozlan tweeted out the details believing the deal had to be for three years, nearly $400,000 for the rest of this season, then the vets minimum in 2021-22 and 2022-23. In doing so, the Nets did dip into their Taxpayers MLE.
Brooklyn had the flexibility to sign Johnson to a contract up to 3 seasons because they still had a portion of their tax midlevel exception available. https://t.co/8bmHS3ndHV— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) April 11, 2021
-Brooklyn used a portion of their MLE to sign Alize Johnson to a three-year deal. The minimum as of yesterday was $399,591, which would give him a $4.07M deal, which can be rounded up to $4.1M.— Yossi Gozlan (@YossiGozlan) April 12, 2021
-Knicks have $13.16M in cap space after signing Norvel Pelle to a second 10-Day.
Reading the fine print, Gozlan suggests that Nets still retain $3.56 million of their TMLE and another $5.73 DPE. The DPE, awarded by the league after Spencer Dinwiddie underwent knee surgery on January 4, expires a week from Monday.
Johnson had played most of the season in the G League with the Raptors 905, Toronto’s affiliate, earning a second team All-G League selection. Brooklyn signed him to an initial 10-day deal on March 22, then a second on April 1. A Missouri State alum, Johnson previously had stints with the Raptors and Pacers who took him at No. 50 in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Two days ago, Johnson spoke about his experiences with the Nets ... and their superstars.
"These are guys you're growing up playing 2K with"— Nets Videos (@SNYNets) April 9, 2021
Alize Johnson talks about the opportunity to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving pic.twitter.com/VnYIoNftH3
One of his biggest supporters on the team has been Landry Shamet. Shamet shares the same agent, George Langberg and the two played against each other in the Missouri Valley Conference when Shamet played for Wichita,
“Me and Zay are boys,” said Shamet. “We played against each other in college, went with the same agency. And now, here we are. We went through pre-draft together. We were roommates at the draft combine in Chicago. Really happy for him to have been playing well and created some opportunities for himself. Whatever happens past this point happens. He knows that’s the NBA, but he’s put a good product on the table and teams would be stupid not to scoop him up.”
Later Sunday, Johnson posted his gratitude on social media...
His signing completes the Nets roster. They go into the season stretch run with 15 standard NBA contracts and two two-ways: rookie Reggie Perry and Chris Chiozza.
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- Alize Johnson agrees to multiyear deal worth up to $4.1M with Brooklyn Nets, agent says - ESPN
- Alize Johnson gets multi-year Nets contract after providing spark - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Nets sign Alize Johnson to multiyear contract - AP
- Former Missouri State star Alize Johnson agrees to multi-year deal with Brooklyn Nets - Wyatt D. Wheeler - Springfield News-Leader