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Cameron Johnson will provide a morale boost for the Phoenix Suns despite tempered expectations for his first game back.

After missing 37 games with a torn right meniscus, Cam Johnson will finally return to action against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. It’ll be Johnson’s first appearance since Nov. 4, and it’s the Phoenix Suns’ first bit of positive injury news in weeks. “It puts a lot of things in perspective,” he said. “It’s a blessing to have this as my job, to have the group around me that I do to help me get back to where I need to be. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back on the court.” At practice on Wednesday, coach Monty Williams confirmed Johnson has checked “every box possible” leading up to his return, but he’ll play limited minutes…

Cam Johnson's knee injury will have many ripple effects on the Phoenix Suns.

One injury can change the trajectory of an entire season, and Cam Johnson’s right knee injury is no different for the Phoenix Suns. On Sunday morning, the team confirmed that the non-contact injury Johnson suffered in Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers was in fact a torn meniscus. The fourth-year forward will undergo surgery, and there is no timetable for his return. https://twitter.com/GeraldBourguet/status/1589303780327448578 Losing a starter on any title contender is a critical blow, but that’s especially true for a Suns squad that was already missing one starting-caliber player heading into the season. Even without the other minor, early-season injuries that are piling up, Phoenix is quickly running short on depth. “He’s a starter for us, so that’s always…

Cam Johnson is becoming a dangerous part of the Phoenix Suns' offense as a starter.

It was never going to happen overnight, but even before Jae Crowder’s trade request, Cam Johnson was meant for the starting job. He was always poised to thrive in that role on the offensive end, and although it’s taken him a few games to find his footing, the early returns look promising. Tuesday’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves put all of that leaping potential on full display, calling back to something coach Monty Williams predicted a few weeks back. “Starting games every night, that’s going to be something that is different, but I think he welcomes that,” Williams said. “I think he’s wanted this for a long time. I’m sure there’s going to be an adjustment, but it’s not like…

From Chris Paul to the free-throw discrepancy, which of the Phoenix Suns' concerns two games in are real, and which are flukes?

The Phoenix Suns looked poised to improve to 2-0 on the new season Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, they let a five-point lead with 1:40 to go in overtime shrivel up into a 113-111 defeat on the road. For the second game in a row, the Suns were torn up by an incredible individual performance from one of the NBA’s elite scorers. Damian Lillard led Rip City with 41 points on 12-of-25 shooting, while Devin Booker (33 points on 11-of-23 shooting) and Deandre Ayton (26 points on 12-of-22 shooting) carried Phoenix’s offense. However, because that production came in a loss, because Chris Paul didn’t wow people offensively, and because the bench, Cam Johnson and the team’s overall…

Cam Johnson was due for a contract extension with the Phoenix Suns.

The Phoenix Suns had an opportunity to prove they had learned from last year’s contract extension talks with Deandre Ayton, to lock in their young, “core four” for the foreseeable future, and to put some of the negativity and uncertainty of the offseason behind them. Unfortunately, Cam Johnson won’t be getting a new contract extension, and the Suns will watch another key player enter restricted free agency next summer. Monday’s deadline for Johnson’s extension came and went without any rumblings of a potential deal, although the fourth-year wing had expressed optimism on that front over the summer. Even so, he was still aware of the “business side” of these negotiations. “What I’ve learned is that the business side will do…

Cam Johnson talked about a possible contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, Kevin Durant trade rumors and his offseason.

Despite the endless trade rumors that have circulated around him for the past month, Cam Johnson is in a good mood. It’s his first CJ23 Invitational 3-on-3 tournament that he’s hosted in the Valley, and the Phoenix Suns wing is busy taking pictures with kids, smiling while talking to fans and watching simultaneous games unfold at the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center. Johnson held a similar event near Pittsburgh last year, where he grew up in Moon Township, but spending most of his summer in Phoenix during a longer offseason opened the door to hold his event here for the first time. “Huge help from the organization and from Suns Charities,” he said. “It takes a lot off my plate…

What kind of contract extension will the Phoenix Suns give Cam Johnson this summer?

The Phoenix Suns have a busy offseason ahead, with some major decisions to be made. As if Deandre Ayton’s murky future as a restricted free agent wasn’t enough, Devin Booker will undoubtedly be eligible for a supermax contract, and general manager James Jones will have several other decisions to make after the bench of the “deepest team in basketball” disappeared....

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Cam Johnson's career night and game-winning 3 are the exact reason the Phoenix Suns need to keep him.

Cam Johnson may have started his week with lemonade, but he closed it with a peach. In a career performance Friday night, Johnson provided a superhuman effort that pushed the Phoenix Suns past the visiting New York Knicks at the buzzer. Finishing with a career-high 38 points on 11-of-16 shooting, the 26-year-old sniper supplied all the offense this team could’ve...

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The Phoenix Suns need to pay up for Cam Johnson next summer.

Deandre Ayton isn’t the only young cornerstone the Phoenix Suns need to worry about paying next summer. As much as Cam Johnson is going to be a represent a hefty amount on their inevitable luxury tax bill, he’ll be worth it for their short- and long-term future. Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder provided the latest example of...

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