Phoenix – Cam Johnson is better than us. The Phoenix Suns suite does not have a Twitter.
But this does not prevent him from hearing his name in trade rumors. He said exactly that from the CJ23 Invitational 3-on-3 Championships at Ability 360 in Phoenix.
Johnson, in fact, was at his university working with The University of North Carolina basketball team and brother Puff earlier this month When he first learned of something like this.
“I’m like, ‘Come on man, don’t throw my name out there just let me rest with my little brother for a moment,'” he said on Saturday.
Business rumors can have different origins. The people Johnson heard about this summer clearly relate directly to Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, who was said to have requested a deal on the morning of Free Agency.
Phoenix has been reported as a favorite of Durant, who then begins to reveal how the Suns acquired it, when Johnson’s name enters the mix.
Johnson reiterated several times on Saturday that he understands the league is a business. When the Suns ditched goalkeeper Tyler Johnson, an amazing teammate and someone who has gotten close to a handful of players on the team, in Cam Johnson’s junior year, it was an amazing moment.
“I love, my friends can leave this way,” Johnson said with a sigh, pointing to another example of how he would start forming a bond with a player on a 10-day contract and then abruptly leave.
The 26-year-old Johnson has indicated that the Suns will do what is best for them and understands this part of this entire equation.
When it comes to himself, Johnson is using longer than he used to in a new way. Johnson played the majority of NBA basketball in seasons affected by the pandemic as the schedule was packed with much shorter periods.
With that amount of time now, aka the regular league schedule, Johnson has been expanding his business and using the extra time to do more weightlifting and focus intensely on certain parts of his game. For example, Johnson was going through a ball-handling drill and spent an entire hour moving the feet for one specific movement.
“I’ve just been enjoying that part of the off season,” Johnson said. “Lifting, things I can’t do in season as much.”
When asked how Johnson is approaching a more divergent schedule, Johnson hinted at talk from the outside about the Suns needing more ball after Devin Booker and Chris Paul. This, of course, came to light when discussing the Suns’ involvement in the Durant lottery, as well as what went wrong at the end of the season.
“I hear everything you guys. I’m not going to act like I don’t hear everything,” Johnson said.[I’m working] On being someone to count on in the late game. Someone who can be counted on as an extra player of the ball type. I really tried to make my mark as my career went on.
“Believe me. I was a ball player for the first 18 or 19 years of my life and then I said ‘Be better at other things.’ And now it’s like, ‘Okay, go back to what you were doing when you were in high school.’ It’s like working on Those things. The thing is, every Hopper knows this, if you don’t do something for a while, you start to lose it. When you start doing it again, it’s like, “Oh, you got this.”
So is it frustrating to hear praise for being great in your role and then criticism for needing to do more?
“I don’t think that frustrates me,” Johnson said. “As much as I’m a basketball player, and like, I understand the game pretty well. If someone says something, I can step out of myself and see it from their point of view and say, ‘Okay, I see what you’re saying.'”
“But I know what I’m capable of. I don’t think everyone in the world knows what I can do. There are only a few people who do, and I’m just going to work on being the best player I can be. And wherever that puts me, at the end of the day, I’ll know I did everything I could to get there.”
Johnson’s uncertain future in Phoenix is beyond Durant’s potential trade this summer.
He is eligible for a contract extension, the same period last year when teammate Michael Bridges got one and teammate Dender Ayton did not.
Johnson offered his thoughts on where these talks will take place, which still have a very distant October deadline.
In a good place, Johnson said. “There are a lot of things in the business side of things. What I have learned is that the business side will do their best for the business side and the personal side will do what is best for the personal side and the team will do what is best for them and the player will do what is best for them. So, I am always on Very knowledgeable about that, but at the same time I love being here. So, if we can get something done, I’ll love it.”
As for what Johnson has to say about his excellent and rare ability to see other perspectives, even when he’s quite an expert at this, he admitted seeing how things like trade rumors make the league more interesting.
“The NBA is an entertainment league. And now, it’s been entertainment season. Bring on the popcorn, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Johnson said with a smile. There could be a lot of things.”