Suns Reveal Return Timeline On Cam Johnson After Surgery

When Phoenix Suns starting forward Cam Johnson went down with a torn meniscus in his knee, there were fears that he could be out for several months. It really depended on what type of surgery was needed: a 'snip' or a complete repair. Turns out, it was the former, and his return timeline will be much shorter.

As reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Johnson's surgery today involved removing a part of his meniscus rather than a complete repair, allowing him to return in 4-8 weeks, rather than the gloomy forecast of 2-6 months. 

The Suns are still trying different lineup combinations to fill Johnson's spot until he returns in December or early January. 

"Its tough, you never want to see your teammate be hurt, it’s just a different dynamic. You have different looks and different flow, and we are continuing to figure that out," Suns star Booker said.

The 26-year-old Johnson was named a starter for the Suns at training camp, which is reportedly what helped prompt incumbent Jae Crowder to ask for a trade. He's still sitting out waiting for a deal to materialize. Wouldn't he come in handy now in Johnson's absence?

Johnson was averaging 13 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 43% from behind the arc in his eight games thus far this season. 

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