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John Jenkins
John Jenkins
Position: G
Born: 03/06/91
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.6 kg.
Salary: $1,050,961
Of the Suns’ 15 contract players (14 guaranteed and guard John Jenkins), only Jared Dudley, T.J. Warren and Leandro Barbosa have yet to arrive. Dudley is training in Las Vegas at Impact Basketball, as he does each summer, but will join his new Suns teammates on Tuesday when nearly all of the team is planning to be there. Warren, coming off a January foot fracture, has remained in his hometown, Raleigh, N.C., where new Suns assistant coach Tyrone Corbin has been working him out. Barbosa, after a busy summer with Brazil in the Olympics, has been told to rest until later this month.
Alex Kennedy: Being claimed off of waivers is a strange thing. Most people can’t relate to that process at all. There aren’t many other jobs where you’re let go and then a day or two later, an organization on the other side of the country can claim your contract and you have to relocate there immediately. What was it like going through that process and how did you ultimately land in Phoenix? John Jenkins: “It was tough. It was my first time being in a situation like that and I loved Dallas. Being with them was great, but I was in a logjam playing behind two great players in Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews along with other veterans like J.J. Barea and Devin Harris. It was kind of like in Atlanta, where I was behind a veteran group of guys.
John Jenkins: I kind of expected [to be waived] when that time came because we were so guard heavy, and my contract likely meant that I was going to be the one to get cut. I had gotten some heads up, maybe three days before, but even still I wasn’t completely ready for that to happen. After my last game with the Mavericks, Coach Rick Carlisle told me to stand up and said a bunch of great things about me in front of the team. That was really cool of him. Then, a day later, I was waiting for the waiver period to pass to see if my contract would be cleared and if I’d become a free agent. Then, I was told by my agent that Coach Carlisle called the Phoenix Suns on my behalf and spoke highly of me. He looked out for me big time and I really appreciate that. I guess Phoenix liked what they saw from me when we played them in the preseason. [Editor’s Note: Jenkins averaged 19.7 points in 28.4 minutes for Dallas in the preseason]. They saw what I could do and they gave me a chance. That’s how I got here and I’m happy to be with the Suns now.”