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Suns won’t pick up contract option on Wesley Johnson

Oct 30, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Delonte West, Wesley Johnson

Wesley Johnson was in a tough situation. He got a chance to play his first two seasons in Minnesota (24.6 minutes per game), but couldn’t do a lot with the opportunity, averaging just under eight points and three rebounds a night.

Coming over to Phoenix as part of the deal that sent Robin Lopez out of town, he’ll get a similar opportunity to produce from the wing off the bench. But given the fact that the Suns didn’t have a whole lot of time to evaluate Johnson in the one month before the season, the team wasn’t willing to commit to him for next year at this early stage.

Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic has the details:

This really does come down to his short time with the Suns organization more than anything else. The team’s President of Basketball Operations, Lon Babby, said as much during a lunch with local media last week, when asked what the plan was with Johnson.

If you look at what the regime of Babby and GM Lance Blanks have tried to do in recent seasons, not tying themselves to questionable long-term deals appears to be the way they prefer to handle business — even if just for one additional season, as was the case with Johnson.

  1. adoombray - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    It’ll be either him or Shannon Brown next season. Personally I hope Wes works out and the Suns can get rid of captain index finger (Shannon Brown has a tendancy to dribble down the court holding up the number 1 signifying to everyone that he’s just going to jack up the 3 and not even bother with a play). Can’t fault that team though. They are trying hard enough to remain competetive and give us locals a reason to buy tickets and at the same time stay flexible enough bring in a big ticket promise when one appears.

  2. bleed4philly - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Wes has a lot of upside, they should keep him around.

  3. albertmn - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    I wish the guy the best. But, after watching him with the Wolves, I don’t think he ever turns into more than a bench player, if that. He does not do any one thing better than average.

  4. tcclark - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    It took a change of scenery in college for him to play well. Maybe history will repeat itself.

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