Mikal Bridges made his stance clear on the rumors that the Phoenix Suns are dangling Cam Johnson in trade talks for salary cap relief.
On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Suns are exploring various trade scenarios, including moving Johnson to get a lottery pick in the 2022 NBA Draft while also creating cap flexibility–which they can use to keep Deandre Ayton.
Suns reporter Kellan Olson saw the rumor and shared on Twitter that he’s “dropping off the grid and moving to a small fishing village in Estonia” if the Suns deal the young forward. Bridges felt the same and agreed to Olson, noting that he’d do it as well.
— Mikal Bridges (@mikal_bridges) June 21, 2022
Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson came to the Suns in consecutive years, with the former getting drafted in 2018 and the latter in the year after. They have grown together in Phoenix, and based on their performances in 2021-22, they figured to be key parts of the Suns’ future.
Bridges finished as a runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, while Johnson was a Finalist for Sixth Man of the Year.
It is unknown what the Suns will do this free agency, though it is quite clear they have plenty of roster issues to address. For one, there is the Deandre Ayton situation, with the big man reportedly seeking a max contract extension with the franchise.
The Suns are looking to build a championship contender around Devin Booker and Chris Paul, and they might have to make hard decisions to make that happen.