The Phoenix Suns have declined a $5.4 million option on small forward Wesley Johnson for 2013-2014, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent following the conclusion of this season. The move by the Suns' front office doesn't necessarily mean they are looking to break ties with Johnson, according to ArizonaSports.com.
Phoenix will still have the opportunity to sign the 25-year-old to a deal, but will have to compete with the rest of the league for Johnson's services if they wait until next summer.
Johnson averaged 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season in his second year out of Syracuse. Johnson was originally the fourth-overall pick by the Timberwolves in the 2010 draft. He came to the Suns last July in a three-team deal and has expressed his desire to stay in Phoenix.
The Suns get their regular season started on Wednesday night when they host the Golden State Warriors.