Suns’ Cameron Johnson on his connection to Kevin Durant trade rumors: ‘It’s the business’

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Phoenix Suns Forward Cameron Johnson was rumored to be one of the elements involved in a possible Kevin Durant trade deal when the market heated up for the Brooklyn Nets star earlier this month.

Johnson, 26, has improved his game as a member of the Suns over the past three seasons. He averaged a career-high 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists during the 2021-22 season. Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, DeAndre Ayton and a host of draft picks have all been mentioned in the rumor mill over the past few weeks. Durant has still not been negotiated.

Johnson said arizona Republic that he understood the business side of the league and knew the Suns had to make the right call when it came to potentially landing an all-time great 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 a team to do what’s in their best interest and try to win a championship,” the former North Carolina player 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 Phoenix Suns moves the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena on April 6, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.

Cameron Johnson of Phoenix Suns moves the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena on April 6, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.
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“I’m like, no man, don’t put me in it. And the next thing you know, whoever it was, Windy (ESPN’s Brian Windhorst) or anybody on TV, it was like naming potential business targets, naming DA, me, Mikal. And I was like, come on man, but that’s the business. Like I said, that’s the business. If that’s something that gets done, so it was just part of God’s plan, and you have to keep rolling.”

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

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