The Phoenix Suns are working diligently to secure Cameron Johnson to a contract extension. This much was made apparent after general manager James Jones’ comments this weekend about the Suns forward.
“We’re having discussions,” Jones told Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic. “Cam is a big part of what we do. Really excited for the progress he’s shown over the last few years, especially last year. He’s primed to take some steps forward.”
Johnson is indeed a critical component of a successful season for the Suns going forward. Phoenix’s forward rotation has been one of the bigger questions this summer, with trades and free agents often being thought of as the solution. Yet as the summer begins to settle down, the normalcy can return of the productive development that Johnson has attained.
It’s obvious that Johnson is due for another breakout season. He recorded a career-high 38 points against the New York Knicks last season. He also finished last season shooting an impressive 42 percent from three-point range. There’s a clear sign to Johnson being a pivotal part of the Suns’ frontcourt rotation, even if there are rumblings of Phoenix being in the market for forwards such as Bojan Bogdanovic.
It was reported earlier this offseason that an extension for Johnson was likely. This was largely due to the extensions of some of his draft class. Yet with the Kevin Durant trade headlines, Johnson was thought to be a centerpiece in such a deal. Johnson finished last season averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists, all career-highs. At 26, Johnson’s timeline is parallel with that of Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton.
Now, with all the aforementioned in the rearview, the Suns seem set on securing Johnson to a new deal.