Oct 19, 2011; Tulsa, OK, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Wesley Johnson (2) and Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins (25) battle for control of a loose ball during the second half of a game at the BOK Center. Thunder defeated the Suns 107-97. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

Phoenix Suns Decline Johnson’s Option


Ever since Wesley Johnson’s arrive in Phoenix he’s gone on and on promoting the Suns franchise, repetitively elaborating on how much he loves Phoenix and how badly he wants to stay. Despite such affection displayed by Johnson and good play during preseason the Suns have declined his option for the 2013-2014 season.

Since Johnson was selected 4th overall during the 2009 draft his option is quite pricey due to how high he was drafted, the option is worth about roughly 5.4 million dollars which is much higher than his actual value.

Declining of Johnson’s option will allow the Suns to offer a free agent a max contract this summer, and they can still retain Johnson through free agency but that will depend on how well Johnson will perform this season.

Keep in mind Johnson is certainly expendable at this point because the Suns still have a very competent P.J Tucker who is signed through the 2013-2014 season and can very well replace Johnson in the rotation.

Johnson was officially labelled a bust by all means after his awful performance last season, should he want to find a permanent home in the NBA. Depending on his play this season, it’ll either make or break his career.

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