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Suns Plan to Waive Keon Johnson to Finalize Regular Season Roster

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Keon Johnson #45 of the Phoenix Suns poses for a portrait during 2023-24 NBA Media Day on October 2, 2023, at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage / NBAE via Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns are planning to waive Keon Johnson, a third-year shooting guard, as they finalize their roster for the regular season, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

This move will help the team meet the NBA’s requirement of reducing their standard roster to the maximum of 15 players on standard contracts.

Keon Johnson was part of a three-team trade deal involving the Trail Blazers and Bucks, which brought Jusuf Nurkic and Grayson Allen to the Phoenix Suns.

Johnson had two years left on his contract, with the 2024/25 season being a team option. If he goes unclaimed on waivers by another team, the Suns will be responsible for a $2.8 million cap hit.

Standing at 6’5″ and hailing from Tennessee, Johnson was chosen as the 21st pick in the 2021 draft, and his draft rights were later acquired by the Clippers through a trade agreement on draft night.

Over his 77 NBA games played with the Clippers and the Trail Blazers, Johnson holds career averages of 5.9 points, 1.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds, and 0.6 steals per game.

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