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Suns’ Tyler Johnson Discusses Transition Following Trade

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Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson is still adjusting to his new team following his trade from the Miami Heat, and has played strongly since arriving in Arizona.

Johnson talked about his transition following the trade.

“It’s different, for sure,” Johnson said, during an interview with Fox Sports Arizona (via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel).

Johnson also admitted a mistake he made on Sunday during a team practice at American Airlines Arena, in Miami, which is the home of his former team, the Heat, who the Suns play on Monday.

“I accidentally walked out the other way, toward my old locker room.”

It’s been a big change from Miami to Phoenix.

“Just like any big transition in your life, it’s going to take a minute to get settled,” Johnson said.

“But I think it’s just how you approach it. You can look at things as a negative, like, ‘I just came over and I’m still learning the offense. I’m learning this. I’m learning that.’ Or you know, you can embrace it.

“And that’s what I’ve chosen to do, is just embrace it and I know good things will come from it.”

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Suns Pick Up Options on Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges

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The Phoenix Suns have officially exercised the third-year rookie options on Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ayton, who is entering his second season after the Suns landed him with the 1st overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, will earn an estimated $10,018,200 million during the 2020-2021 season.

Bridges, the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft, will make $4,359,000 million in 2020-2021.

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Kings’ Buddy Hield Wants to Get Contract Extension Done

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When it comes to a contract extension for Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, he has made it crystal clear he wants to get a deal done so he can continue his career with the Kings.

The two sides have until October 21st to hammer out a contract extension in order to prevent Hield from hitting restricted free agency.

“We need to get that done,” Hield said, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson. “I want to get that done, for sure. If it doesn’t get done, things could go the other way. This is where I want to be, so it would be good for me to be here in Sacramento. If I’m their guy, I think they should make it happen already. I want to build a future here. I want to be here, but we have to see something. Something’s gotta come to the table. We have a week and a half to see what that brings, but I want to be here.”

Hield is coming off a career-year with the Kings, in which he averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last season.

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Rockets Claim Ray Spalding Off Waivers

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The Houston Rockets have claimed veteran power forward Ray Spaulding off of waivers from the Atlanta Hawks, according to Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Rockets opened up an available roster spot when the released forward Anthony Bennett earlier this week.

Spalding, 22, played 14 games for the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns during his rookie season.

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