That said, it appears that every possibility is on the table for Jackson, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Grizzlies declined his fourth-year team option in October, and there is certainly a chance that he will be dealt before the deadline. If the front office isn’t positive that it’ll retain him this summer, it makes sense to attempt to get an asset for him.
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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.
John Gambadoro — co-host of the “Burns and Gambo Show” on KMVP-FM 98.7 in Phoenix — said the Kings and New York Knicks would have interest in Jackson. Gambadoro described Jackson as a gifted player, but he said Jackson has been a “pain in the a–” and his trade value might have plummeted with his latest arrest. “It’s not a talent thing,” Gambadoro said during his Monday radio show. “The kid’s got a ton of talent. It’s just the Suns enabled him from the start and it’s more about the type of person he is, the type of player he is. They know he’s super talented, but it might be time for a new start.
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Multiple sources suggested, the Cavs could have gone the LeBron-friendly route, dealing Irving to the Suns for Klutch Sports client Eric Bledsoe and a versatile wing such as Josh Jackson or T.J. Warren. League sources have consistently stated that the Suns wouldn’t include Jackson, however.
For the teams looking to add Irving, locking him in before camp opens gives the acquiring team the best chance to fill in their roster around a ramped-up plan that includes Irving. League sources continue to label the Suns as the team with the right assets to obtain Irving, but they remain reluctant to include rookie Josh Jackson or third-year stud Devin Booker in any conversation. Jackson became trade eligible last week and recently joked at the Panini rookie photo shoot that he’d heard the rumors, but if it were going to happen, it would have happened by now.
He was first asked if he was renting in Cleveland. “I think if that was going to happen, it would’ve happened by now,” Jackson said.
“A little talking to my agent, not really checking social media, because that’t not the way to go. People just say whatever. I handled it the same way I tried to handle Draft Night. Coming in, I didn’t know what was going to happen, I still don’t know what is going to happen. I’m going to make the most of whatever situation I’m presented with. If I’m traded to China, whatever, I’m gonna come out, I’m gonna be happy, just try to make the best of it.
Did the Suns keep you in the loop of what was going on? Jackson: “I was kind of in the dark a little bit. But I got a feeling that the trade wasn’t going to happen.”
Jackson also added that no one in the Suns specifically told him the trade was not going to happen. But Jackson seemed fine with this since the deal never really got to the point of really being possible so that the Suns would need to reassure him like that.
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Phoenix reportedly doesn’t want to trade Josh Jackson, and a source said the Suns told Devin Booker he would not be traded — which would seem to put a serious hamper in this potential trade. “If that deal (Bledsoe, Miami first rounder, and Jackson) for Irving was there, it’d be done by now,” a league source with knowledge of the Cavs’ thinking told cleveland.com.
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