Josh Jackson hasn’t even played in an NBA game and his name has become the focus of trade talks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ top priority in the kings’ ransom they are asking is a top young prospect. Call it “what if Lebron leaves” insurance. Which is why when the Cavaliers talked to the Suns, the name of Jackson — the No. 4 pick who showed athleticism and promise at Summer League — came up. The Suns have since told Jackson he would not be traded.
“I think if that was going to happen, it would’ve happened by now. A little talking to my agent, not really checking social media, because that’s 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.
“I was kind of in the dark a little bit. But I got a feeling that the trade wasn’t going to happen.”
In theory, the trade could still happen, but so long as the Cavaliers demand Jackson it is off the table. The Suns might be willing to throw in Dragan Bender instead of Jackson, but that will not get it done for the Cavaliers.
It’s the same around the league, which is why the Irving trade talks continue to bubble but with no real action.