Despite reports that Warren, who missed all but four ga…

Despite reports that Warren, who missed all but four games because of left foot surgery, asked to be traded because of his dislike for Bjorkgren that just wasn’t true. Multiple league sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed those details to IndyStar.

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J. Michael Falgoust: TJ Warren on demanding a trade from Indiana: "That was ridiculous. Seeing those reports was really really terrible. Nate has been nothing but a great guy. Hard-working loving man. … It wasn’t fair to him." #Pacers

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Adrian Wojnarowski: Suns will send the No. 32 pick to Pacers too, source tells ESPN. Pacers are taking Warren into salary cap space.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Pacers will send cash to Suns in deal, league source tells ESPN. Suns wanted to unload the three years, $35M on Warren’s deal to create space.
Ian Begley: The Dallas Mavericks are among the teams who have expressed interest in obtaining Phoenix's T.J. Warren via trade, per SNY sources. Opposing teams remain under the belief that Phoenix is open to moving Warren and Josh Jackson, as The Athletic reported.
Jones also said TJ Warren and Josh Jackson are in good standings with the Suns amid reports they’re on the trading block. NBA sources have told The Republic the Suns aren’t looking to trade the two players. “I don’t respond to rumors,” Jones said. “If it was my comment, I’d respond to it. Like anything around this time of the year, everyone wants to create a story. There’s no stories here.”
On Monday, The Athletic reported Warren, Jackson and the No. 6 overall pick were on the trading block, which isn't surprising. However, NBA sources told The Republic that the two players and the Suns' first-round pick weren't available. Warren and Jackson were in trade news before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, but NBA sources told The Republic at the time neither were on the block.
On Monday, The Athletic reported Warren, Jackson and the No. 6 overall pick were on the trading block, which isn't surprising, however, NBA sources told The Republic the two Suns and their first-round pick weren't available. Warren and Jackson were in trade news before the Feb. 7 trade deadline, but NBA sources told The Republic at the time neither were on the block.
Earlier this month, league sources said the Suns weren't interested in putting Warren on the trading block. Warren, who is out with right ankle soreness, is second on the team in scoring averaging 18 points per game.
Gambadoro reports the discussions have centered around involving small forward T.J. Warren, center Alex Len, Phoenix’s first-round pick this year and possibly more. The Suns own all of their future picks and also own two future Miami Heat first-round picks from the Goran Dragic deal.
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