Tyler Johnson Threw Up a Couple of Times After Being Offered $50 Million

Vaughn Ridley / Fox Sports

Vaughn Ridley / Fox Sports

Tyler Johnson Threw Up a Couple of Times After Being Offered $50 Million

 

Being in the right position, at the right time – that’s priceless. Perfect timing for Tyler Johnson who was a restricted free agent at the beginning of the summer before he was offered a four-year, $50 million deal by the Brooklyn Nets, which the Miami Heat eventually matched, after Dwyane Wade’s departure to Chicago.

Johson initially didn’t think that the Heat would match the Nets’ offer. He talked about his thoughts and how his body wasn’t able to handle this amount of money, so that he had to throw up a couple of times, in an interview with South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel:

 

“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,” the Miami Heat guard said Monday during a team-sponsored water-safety event at Bucky Dent Water Park.

Actually, Johnson thought he wouldn’t be anywhere near the blazing South Florida heat he dealt with Monday, figuring the Heat would decline to match that exorbitant offer sheet extended by the Brooklyn Nets to the restricted free agent. […] And then the Heat’s free-agency negotiations with Dwyane Wade collapsed. And then Heat owner Micky Arison told Heat President Pat Riley that he wasn’t about to allow another team poach the 24-year-old combo guard the team had worked so hard to develop.

“I was like almost 100 percent sure I was going to end up in Brooklyn,” Johnson said Monday. “But, yeah, it’s an incredible feeling. And I’m excited to get back to work.” [….] The whirlwind was so absolute that Johnson said he never had a chance to reset the structure of his contract that now stands so onerous to the Heat, with $19 million salaries in each of the first two years. By the time the Heat suggested something closer to a $12.5 million split in each of the four years, Johnson said he already had given his word to the Nets to sign the offer sheet as originally drafted.

 

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