Suns’ Cameron Johnson on Link to Kevin Durant Trade Rumors: ‘It’s a Business’

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Phoenix Suns Rumors swirled that forward Cameron Johnson was one of a potential Kevin Durant trade package when the market heated up for the Brooklyn Nets star earlier this month.

Johnson, 26, has improved his game with the Suns over the past three seasons. In the 2021/22 season, he averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Jay Crowder, DeAndre Ayton and a number of other draft picks have been rumored over the past few weeks. Durant is still traded.

Johnson said Arizona Republic that he understood the business side of the league and knew the Suns had to make the right decision when it came to potentially acquiring a great player like Durant.

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Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson warms up before Game 3 of the second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks on May 6, 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson warms up before Game 3 of the second-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks on May 6, 2022 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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“You have to expect the team to do what’s in its best interest and try to win a championship,” the former North Carolina standout told the newspaper.

Johnson said he was back in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his brother Puff, who currently plays for the Tar Heels, and their teammates when he heard one of the rumors on ESPN.

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Cameron Johnson of the Phoenix Suns moves the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Crypto.com Arena on April 6, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Cameron Johnson of the Phoenix Suns moves the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Crypto.com Arena on April 6, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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“I’m like, ‘No, man, don’t drag me into this. And the next thing you know, whether it was Windy (ESPN’s Brian Windhorst) or someone on TV, it was like calling potential trade targets, calling the DA, me, Mikal. And I thought, come on, man, but this is business. Like I said, this is a business. rolls.”

Brooklyn still hasn’t found a suitable trading partner for Durant.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) talks to coach Steve Nash during the first half against the Indiana Pacers in October.  February 29, 2021 in New York.

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) talks to coach Steve Nash during the first half against the Indiana Pacers in October. February 29, 2021 in New York.
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The latest rumor about the sniper came out last week. Boston Celtics engaged conducts trade negotiations with Brooklyn. Jaylen Brown was the centerpiece of the proposed deal, but nothing came of it.