Delonte West, Wesley Johnson

Suns won’t pick up contract option on 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.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Knicks will be better. Slightly.

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I like the Knicks’ offseason moves. Well, not blowing the meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge before it ever started — you say the right things and take him to a nice dinner because that is the kind of elite player you need to try to land. Take the meeting.

However, bringing in Robin Lopez and Arron Afflalo were smart pickups, and I like the Kristaps Porzingis draft pick more than many (although we need a couple of years to see how good he will really be). Combine that with a healthy Carmelo Anthony and…

The Knicks suck less. They aren’t good, but they aren’t embarrassing. And that is step one, as I discuss with Jenna Corrado in this latest PBT Extra.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, Russell Westbrook
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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?