Cam Johnson has spoken of his desire to repay the faith shown in his talents by the Brooklyn Nets following the 27-year-old penning a new contract worth an astonishing $94.5m and spanning four years.
After three and a bit seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Johnson moved to the Nets and impressed as Jacque Vaughn’s side made it to the post-season. He hit a personal best in terms of points per game, his 16.6 being above anything else he has achieved previously.
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On whether the new deal will alter his approach, Johnson was very direct in his response, stating;
“No, same approach: Just get better,”
He added that signing a new deal was
“In a sense [it’s a relief] for sure,”
That came after he turned down a $72 million deal from the Phoenix Suns last year, so he no doubt is happy with that decision.
Johnson arrived at the Barclays Center as part of the deal that saw Kevin Durant move in the opposite direction, and the security that comes with a big new deal is clearly something that will help his ongoing progress as a key Nets performer.
“It’s part of the process,” Johnson said. “I was in the same situation last year where we didn’t come to an agreement. I wouldn’t say it added any extra stress onto the season, playing that last contract year. So it is on one hand a bit of a relief and definitely a blessing; but it’s business as usual. Just attack every day, attack the season, try to be a better player every day.”
On whether, alongside his Team USA team-mate Mikal Bridges, the Nets can continue to push for a more lengthy spell in the playoffs, Johnson added;
“I think it’s an opportunity for us to grow and get better,”
“We got a great team around us. And very versatile. A group that’s very versatile with a lot of size and a lot of unique opportunities to play that way.”
Johnson is clearly aware he is a work in progress and is keen to impress in a number of areas he can improve;
“A little bit of everything, man,”
“Being able to facilitate, put the ball on the floor and adjust, help everybody on the court. Working on getting different shots out of different positions out of different actions.” Johnson concluded.
Johnson and Bridges are part of the US team for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, which starts on the 25th of August across Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines, with the United States National team starting the tournament against New Zealand on August 26th before taking on Greece and Jordan in their group.
In 2019, the last time the FIBA World Cup took place, the United States suffered a surprise quarter-final loss to France, with Spain winning the competition.