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Suns prefer 3rd team to take on Reggie Jackson in Eric Bledsoe trade

Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson

The Phoenix Suns would prefer a third team to take on point guard Reggie Jackson if they were to make a deal with the Detroit Pistons for estranged floor general Eric Bledsoe, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Suns are fixated in getting younger, especially at the point guard position — hoping to find a highly-touted talent to share the backcourt with phenom Devin Booker.

Phoenix has gotten offers now from the New York Knicks, L.A. Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Denver Nuggets; making this potential deal with Detroit just another one they’ll evaluate, hoping to land the package desired for their former starter.

Jackson hasn’t worked out as hoped in the Motor City, as he’s expressed frustration from being coach by Stan Van Gundy during his two-and-a-half season stint with the team. His injury-riddled past is of some concern for teams that have had him on the radar, as Detroit has previously looked for avenues to trade him.

Bledsoe was sent home from practice last Monday as general manager Ryan McDonough was displeased with the way he’s handled his trade request earlier this offseason and didn’t want him to be a distraction to the team. The 6-foot-1 point man is earning an extra $82,000 for every day he remains away from the team.

McDonough has also expressed the possibility of waiting until Dec. 15, when free agents acquired this offseason become available for trade — an avenue that can prove costly for the Suns, as Bledsoe keeps racking up the checks with every day that passes.