The Charlotte Hornets are interested in acquiring free agent Tyler Johnson, according to the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Johnson, a 6'4" shooting guard, played for the Miami Heat last season. Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that Johnson will be looking at deals in excess of $10 million per year. He made a little over $850,000 last season.
The Heat have, however, extended a qualifying offer to Johnson. This gives them the right to match any offer he receives.
Johnson is predominantly known as an elite athlete and a shooter, though he does have a decent handle and competes on defense. While he's often listed as a shooting guard, he filled in for Goran Dragic at point guard last season before tearing a rotator cuff in his shoulder in January. He underwent surgery and did not play for the rest of the season.
This report is interesting given that the Hornets appear to be well stocked at shooting guard, though it's possible Rich Cho and the Hornets see him as more of a combo guard and a potential replacement for Jeremy Lin. Lin, according to multiple sources, is likely moving on to another team this summer.
Johnson averaged 8.7 points and 2.2 assists in 24 minutes per game last season. He shot 38 percent from behind the arc in 36 appearances.