Jones and Johnson had to negotiate with uncertainty as to who will own the Suns going forward, which the general manager said was a factor in their talks but not the be-all and end-all.
“It’s one of the factors, it’s not the overriding factor, but you look at it and say, ‘What does the next ownership group look like?'” Jones explained.
but he noted that Johnson is very confident in his worth and the two sides simply didn’t agree on the numbers.
“We could have agreed and we would have been able to sign him and get him locked down with us for a while, but it didn’t happen and we’ll look towards next summer,” Jones said.