One potential destination for disgruntled Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is the Detroit Pistons, according to recent reports.
Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports that the Suns were offered Reggie Jackson and a first-round pick for Bledsoe.
League insider Marc Stein reported that the two sides may agree to a deal depending on what other assets were included with Jackson (via New York Times):
“League sources say Detroit should be added to the list of teams showing interest in Eric Bledsoe, but any deal would surely depend on what the Pistons would attach to Reggie Jackson to sell the Suns on doing such a swap.”
It’s unclear if the first-round pick would be enough to make an agreeable deal.
Phoenix can counter to ask for young players like Henry Ellenson, Luke Kennard or Stanley Johnson to work with the available cap space, though none of those options seem particularly likely.
Even though the aforementioned deal of Jackson and a first-round pick would work within the salary cap, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski adds a third team may be added to the mix to take on Jackson, whose value was down last year.
Rob Hennigan, the assistant general manager of the Thunder, reportedly loves Jackson. It’s doubtful the team would want him back on their team, especially in a bench role behind Russell Westbrook — who has previously spoken negatively about his former teammate.
Phoenix has played surprisingly well since they sent Bledsoe home and fired former head coach Earl Watson.
Especially considering the Suns could wait a month and a half to make a move so that players who were signed in the offseason can become available, don’t expect them to rush into a trade just because there’s a suitor.