Any theoretical Suns-Cavs trade centered around Irving was also going to involve Jackson, this year's No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft, heading to Cleveland.
Jackson recently sat down with SiriusXM NBA Radio to discuss the situation.
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.
“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.
Jackson spent a season at Kansas last year before declaring for the draft. He was always a projected lottery pick and then was in the conversation for the first overall pick as the draft neared. The 6-foot-8 small forward should excite fans in Phoenix next season with his athleticism and high motor.