Cam Johnson is being considered to be the long-term option for the Phoenix Suns despite not reaching an agreement on a contract extension with the team on Monday.
Phoenix Suns GM James Jones told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo there was mutual interest to bring Eric Bledsoe over to the Suns.
There is uncertainty surrounding the ownership of the Phoenix Suns going forward, which was a factor in this negotiation but not the be-all and end-all.
“It’s one of the factors you look at and think, ‘What does the next ownership group look like?’” Jones explained. “’Which direction will they want to go? Are we at a different stratosphere? Are we continuing to build internally or externally?’”
“Long-term commitment” was another factor in the decision to franchise his business. It didn’t influence our decision, but we discussed it, as any couples would.
Johnson recently told reporters that the opportunity to negotiate with the current situation in Phoenix was “extremely interesting,” and he is excited about shooting for the next chapter of his career. He stated that he loves playing in Phoenix.
Jones told the reporter that Johnson is like a large sponge soaking up knowledge and he was excited to start working with him. In the end, they simply couldn’t reach an agreement and at this point, it’s best to leave things alone.
“We would have been able to sign him to a mutual plan and put him under our umbrella if he didn’t have a long-term contract with another team. But it didn’t happen, so we’ll look towards next summer.” – Lyndon Jones
The Phoenix Suns are reportedly interested in signing restricted free agent Brandon Jennings as well.
With an increase in games and minutes for the Boston Celtics in the 2022-23 season, Marcus Johnson should be set up for increased usage as a starter. With Jae Crowder’s absence from the team, his value will only increase.