Report: Suns deny putting T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson, 2019 No. 6 pick on trade block
Contrary to an earlier report by The Athletic, the Phoenix Suns do not intend to move forwards T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson along with the No. 6 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, according to Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic.
Warren and Jackson are the two most valuable pieces the franchise has next to Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Both of them were mentioned in rumors before the trade deadline in February, but they reportedly weren’t actually on the block and remained with the team for the rest of the season.
The Suns, who had hoped to land Booker’s backcourt partner in crime in Ja Morant after clinching one of the three worst records in the league, came away from the lottery unlucky by getting the sixth pick in the draft. This puts them in line to potentially select Darius Garland from Vanderbilt if he slides down the board, or North Carolina’s Coby White, who is likelier to be available by the time the sixth selection comes around.
Phoenix could also opt to select one of the best available wings in De’Andre Hunter of Virginia, Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech or Duke’s Cam Reddish.
Another option would be for the Suns to offer the No. 6 pick and either Jackson or Warren to the New Orleans Pelicans, who are reportedly looking to flip the rights to that fourth overall selection received in the trade from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade. This would put the Suns in position to draft anyone after the expected top-three trinity of Zion Williamson, Morant and RJ Barrett.