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.
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“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.
Phoenix Suns Guard Josh Jackson on being involved in Kyrie Irving trade rumors
We keep hearing whom the Suns won’t trade for Kyrie Irving. Not Josh Jackson. Not Devin Booker. What would Phoenix trade for the Cavaliers point guard? Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN: The Phoenix Suns are the team to watch on Kyrie Irving. Now, they won’t offer Josh Jackson plus that Miami 2018 first and Eric Bledsoe. I’m told they’ll do Bledsoe. They’ll do the pick. Plus, Dragan Bender.
I heard Phoenix would be very interested in dealing for Irving. But the Suns would want to know if Irving will sign an extension to stay in Phoenix. His contract is up in the summer of 2018. I’m told Irving is not about to commit to any team at this point. He has two seasons left on his contract and wants to keep his options open.
The Suns would be willing to trade Eric Bledsoe as part of a deal for Irving, even if Irving makes no commitment. But they would not want to include rookie Josh Jackson in that deal, assuming Irving keeps his options open. The Cavs would love shooting guard Devin Booker, but he is as close to untouchable as anyone on the Suns roster.
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.
“Talking to some executives today, they think the team that could make the Cleveland Cavs the best offer for Kyrie Irving is the Phoenix Suns,” Windhorst said. “They have a package they could offer with Eric Bledsoe and possibly this guy they just drafted, Josh Jackson. Would they be willing to include that prized young player in a package for Kyrie Irving? It’s unclear at this point.”
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Kawhi Leonard is now super max eligible (third year anniversary of the contract signed on July 16, 2015) to receive a five-year $221 million extension from the Spurs. If Leonard is traded, the most he could receive in an extension (six months after the trade) would be $108 million over four-years (starting in 2019-20). Leonard would be eligible to sign a five-year $190 million contract as a free agent with the team acquiring him or four-years $141 million with a team that has cap space.
MURPHY: I first want to address the DeRozan Instagram thing. He does this regularly. Like, once or twice a season. And every single time, people react the same way. He was just around the Raptors for almost the entirety of Las Vegas Summer League, and I can’t imagine that if something were as imminent as the odds suggest, he would have been caught off-guard to the extent of a pouty social media cleanse. It’s not super rare for him to do this. Nor are his MSN Status-like IG Story posts, which I relate to quite viscerally.
Anthony Tolliver: Someone needs to sign @John Jenkins ASAP! He killed it tonight in the @NBA summer league… #shootersUNITE 💪🏾💪🏾
Spurs guard Darrun Hilliard remains a restricted free agent after the Spurs opted not to rescind his one-year qualifying offer, a league source said Saturday. Friday was the deadline for NBA teams to unilaterally withdraw a qualifying offer from a restricted free agent, making him an unrestricted free agent.