Phoenix – Cam Johnson is better than most of us. Phoenix Suns Wing does not have Twitter.
However, that doesn’t stop him from hearing his name in trade rumours. That’s exactly what he said from his CJ23 Invitational 3-on-3 tournament at Ability 360 in Phoenix.
Johnson was, in fact, working with his alma mater Earlier this month the University of North Carolina basketball team and their brother Puff When he was told something like this for the first time.
“I’m like, ‘Come on man, don’t even throw my name out, just let me chill with my little brother for a second,'” he said on Saturday.
Trade rumors can have many different origins. Johnson is hearing about this this summer, apparently connecting directly to Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, who reportedly asked for a trade on the morning of free agency.
Phoenix is reported as Durant’s top favorite destination, who then begins to figure out how the Sun can get to him, and that’s when Johnson’s name enters the mix.
Johnson reiterated several times on Saturday that he understands the league is a business. When Cam Johnson’s rookie year saw the Sons forgave guard Tyler Johnson, a great teammate and close friend to a handful of people on the team, it was an eye-opening moment.
“I’m like, my friends can leave just like that,” Johnson cites another example of how he entered into a bond with a player on a 10-day contract. would start making and then it suddenly went away.
Johnson, 26, notes that the Sons will do what’s best for them and understands that part of the whole equation.
When it comes to himself, Johnson has been using the off-season for longer than he’s used to in the new way. Johnson has played the majority of his NBA basketball in seasons hit by the pandemic, where the schedule was cramped with very few seasons.
With this time, aka the league’s normal offseason schedule, Johnson is expanding his work and using the extra time to lift more heavy weights and really hyper-focus on certain parts of his game. Huh. For example, Johnson was undergoing ball-handling drills and spent an entire hour on footwork for a specific move.
“I’m enjoying that part of the off-season right now,” Johnson said. “Lifting, stuff that I don’t get as much in season.”
When asked how Johnson is approaching for a more spaced-out schedule, he pointed to the need for more on the ball beyond Devin Booker and Chris Paul from outside the Suns. This, of course, has come to the fore with Sun’s participation in the Durant sweepstakes, as well as discussing what went wrong at the end of the season.
“I hear everything guys. I’m not going to act like I don’t hear everything,” Johnson said.[I’m working] Having someone late game can be counted on. Someone who can (a) be relied upon as a player of the extra ball-dominant type. As my career progressed, I really tried to make a mark for myself.
“Trust me. I was a ball-key player for the first 18, 19 years of my life and then I was like, ‘Be better at other things.’ And now it’s like, ‘Okay, come back to what you were doing when you were in high school.’ It’s like working on that stuff. The thing is, every hopper knows it, if you don’t do something for a while you’re going to start losing it. When you start doing it again, it’s like It’s like, ‘Oh, I get it.'”
So, is it frustrating to hear praise for being great at your role and then criticizing for needing to do more?
“I don’t think it 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 go out on my own and look at it from their perspective and say, ‘Okay ‘I see what you are saying.’
“But I know what I’m capable of. I don’t think everyone in the world knows what I’m capable of. There are only a few people who do, and I just work to be the best player I can be.” I’m going to do what I can be. And wherever that puts me, at the end of the day, I’ll know that I did everything I could to get there.
With Johnson’s future uncertain in Phoenix, a potential Durant this summer is beyond business.
He is eligible for a contract extension, the same period as last year in which teammate Mikael Bridges got one and teammate Deandre Ayten did not.
Johnson offered his thoughts on where those talks are headed, one with a deadline still far away in October.
“In a good place,” Johnson said. “There are a lot of things on the business side of things. What I have learned is that the business side will do what is best for the business side and the individual side will do what is best for the personal side and the team will do what they want. And the player will do what is best for him. So, I am always highly aware of it, but at the same time I love being here. So, if we can do something, I would love to. “
What Johnson is saying about his excellent and rare ability to see other perspectives, even when he is a thorough expert on the matter, admits to seeing how things like trade rumors leagues. Makes it more interesting.
“The NBA is an entertaining league. And right now, it’s been an entertaining offseason. So take your popcorn, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Johnson said with a smile. “Nothing can happen. A lot can happen.”