Nets re-sign Tyler Johnson with eye on possible James Harden trade

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Nets re-sign Tyler Johnson with eye on possible James Harden trade

Call it James Harden insurance.

In case the Nets land “The Beard” in a blockbuster trade with the Houston Rockets and have to give up guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris Levert, Brooklyn re-signed 6-foot-4 combo guard Tyler Johnson to a minimum contract.

Johnson stood out in the Disney Bubble after signing with the Nets in late June to fill a depleted roster. Brooklyn GM Sean Marks once gave Johnson a $50 million offer sheet in 2016 that Miami matched.

Johnson averaged 12.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 24.2 minutes per contest. In the four-game sweep vs. Toronto, Johnson averaged 13.8 points.

He’d give the Nets a depth piece if they are to give away a lot of rotation assets to bring on Harden, who wants to play in Brooklyn and reunite with his former OKC teammate Kevin Durant. Houston is prepared to head to its Dec. 1 training camp with two disgruntled employees in Harden and Russell Westbrook.

The Nets have also added Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown this offseason at the guard position.