Suns’ Cam Johnson hears trade rumors, focused on offseason growth

PHOENIX — Cam Johnson is healthier than most of us. The Phoenix Suns wing doesn’t have a Twitter.

That, nonetheless, doesn’t preclude him from listening to his title in trade rumors. He mentioned precisely that from his CJ23 Invitational 3-on-3 Tournament at Ability 360 in Phoenix.

Johnson, in truth, was at his alma mater doing work with the University of North Carolina basketball crew and his brother Puff earlier this month when he was first knowledgeable about one thing like that.

“I’m like, ‘Come on man, do not even throw my title on the market simply let me chill with my little brother for a sec,'” he mentioned Saturday.

Trade rumors can have a number of completely different origins. The ones Johnson is listening to about this summer season clearly tie immediately into Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, who reportedly requested for a trade the morning of free company.

Phoenix has been reported as Durant’s high most popular vacation spot, which then begins unraveling how the Suns may purchase him, and that is when Johnson’s title enters the combo.

Johnson reiterated just a few instances on Saturday that he understands the league is a enterprise. When the Suns waived guard Tyler Johnson, an excellent teammate and somebody who bought shut with a handful of fellows on the crew, in Cam Johnson’s rookie 12 months, that was an eye-opening second.

“I’m like, my associates can simply depart similar to that,” Johnson mentioned with a sigh, citing one other instance of how he would begin to kind a bond with a participant on a 10-day contract after which he is out of the blue gone.

The 26-year-old Johnson famous the Suns will do what’s finest for them and understands that a part of this whole equation.

When it involves himself, Johnson is utilizing an extended offseason than he is used to in a brand new approach. Johnson has performed nearly all of his NBA basketball within the pandemic-affected seasons the place the schedule was full of a lot shorter offseasons.

With this period of time now, aka the league’s normal offseason schedule, Johnson has been increasing his work and utilizing the additional time to do extra heavy weight lifting and actually hyper-focus on sure elements of his sport. For instance, Johnson was going by a ball-handling drill and spent an entire hour on the footwork for one particular transfer.

“I’ve simply been having fun with that a part of the offseason,” Johnson mentioned. “Lifting, stuff I do not get to do in-season as a lot.”

When Johnson was requested about how he was approaching a extra spaced-out schedule, he alluded to the speak from the surface of the Suns needing extra on the ball past Devin Booker and Chris Paul. This, in fact, has come up when discussing the Suns’ involvement within the Durant sweepstakes, in addition to what went improper on the finish of the season.

“I hear every part guys. I’m not going to behave like I do not hear every part,” Johnson mentioned. “[I’m working] on being any individual that may be relied on late sport. Somebody that may be relied on as (an) further ball-dominant kind participant. I actually tried to make my mark as my profession went on.

“Trust me. I used to be a ball-dominant participant for the primary 18, 19 years of my life after which I used to be like, ‘Become higher on the different stuff.’ And now it is like, ‘OK, get again to what you had been doing if you had been in highschool.’ It’s like working on that stuff. The factor is, each hooper is aware of this, if you happen to do not do one thing for a when you’ll begin to lose it. When you begin doing it once more, it is like, ‘Oh, I bought this.’”

So, is that irritating to listen to reward for being nice in your position after which criticism for needing to do extra?

“I do not suppose it frustrates me,” Johnson mentioned. “As a lot as I’m a basketball participant and, like, I perceive the sport very nicely. If any individual says one thing, I can get exterior myself and see it from their perspective and say, ‘OK, I see what you are saying.’

“But I do know what I’m able to. I do not suppose all people on the planet is aware of what I’m able to. There’s only some people who do, and I’m simply going to work on being the perfect participant I might be. And wherever that places me, on the finish of the day, I’ll know that I did every part I can to get there.”

Johnson’s future in Phoenix being unsure goes past a possible Durant trade this summer season.

He’s eligible for a contract extension, the identical interval final 12 months through which teammate Mikal Bridges bought one and teammate Deandre Ayton did not.

Johnson provided his ideas on the place these talks are at, one that also has a deadline very far-off in October.

“In a great spot,” Johnson mentioned. “There’s numerous issues to the enterprise aspect of issues. What I’ve realized is that the enterprise aspect will do what’s finest for the enterprise aspect and the private aspect will do what’s finest for the private aspect and the crew will do what’s finest for them and the participant will do what’s finest for them. So, I’m all the time extremely conscious of that, however on the similar time I really like being right here. So, if we are able to get one thing accomplished, I’d adore it.”

To what Johnson is saying on his wonderful and uncommon potential to see different views, even when he’s completely the professional on the matter, he admitted to seeing how issues like trade rumors make the league extra fascinating.

“The NBA is an entertaining league. And proper now, it has been an entertaining offseason. So seize your popcorn, I do not know what is going on to occur,” Johnson mentioned with a smile. “Could be nothing. Could be numerous issues.”

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