No rookie extension for Cam Johnson.
ESPN reported Johnson did not obtain a rookie extension from the Phoenix Suns as the 2 aspects had till 3 p.m. Monday to agree on a deal.
Johnson will now be a restricted free agent going into free company subsequent summer time. He’s within the ultimate yr of a four-year deal.
Suns General Manager James Jones mentioned previous this summer time the group and Johnson have been having discussions about an extension.
“Cam is a big part of what we do,” Jones mentioned. “Really excited for the progress he’s shown over the last few years, especially last year. I think he’s primed to take some steps forward. We’re excited about this team and we’re excited about the guys on this team one through 16. He’s definitely someone we’re going to need to have take another step if we want to continue to progress and grow as a group.”
Johnson has been constant in announcing he loves taking part in in Phoenix. The 2019 lottery variety out of North Carolina has long gone from being a questionable pick out to changing into one of the most NBA’s perfect shooters.
He was once a finalist for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award received by way of Heat guard Tyler Herro. Still, Johnson was once allowing for all sides of the placement.
An superb quantity to pay Johnson on an extension would’ve been $15 million a yr.
“You have to expect a team to do what’s in their best interests and you have to expect individual people, in turn, to do what’s in their best interests,” Johnson mentioned in an 1-on-1 interview with The Republic this summer time. “The bottom line is I’ve really loved my time here and if we can get something done, I’d be very happy about it.”
The Suns went into this season taking a look to get started Johnson. The determination performed a task in Jae Crowder taking a look to depart after being a key contributor to Phoenix attaining the finals in 2021 and profitable a franchise-record 64 video games to have the NBA’s perfect listing closing season.
Starting all 80 video games he performed closing season counting playoffs, Crowder is within the ultimate yr of a three-year deal. The veteran ahead and the Suns “mutually agreed” he wouldn’t attend coaching camp because the Suns had been taking a look to industry him.
Teams had till 2 p.m. Monday to publish their rosters for opening evening, which is Tuesday. The 76ers and Celtics play each and every different within the first common season sport at 4:30 p.m. in Boston to get started a doubleheader.
The Warriors and Lakers play the second one sport Tuesday at 7 p.m. in San Francisco. Golden State will obtain their championship rings from profitable closing season’s finals.
The Suns open at house on Wednesday in opposition to Dallas.
The Suns introduced Mikal Bridges and Landry Shamet signing rookie extensions the day prior to the NBA started its 2021-22 season.
Bridges agreed to a four-year, $90-million deal whilst Shamet signed for 4 years, $43 million.
Deandre Ayton and the Suns have been not able to agree to a rookie max extension or any extension prior to the season. Phoenix retained Ayton within the offseason by way of matching Indiana’s be offering sheet of 4 years, $133 million.
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