Suns have discussed trades involving Josh Jackson, T.J. Warren
The Suns appear to be exploring their options ahead of the opening of this year’s NBA free agency (June 30). According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, Phoenix could be open to the idea of trading some of their young assets, including T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson.
The Suns aren’t just talking about trading players, though. According to Charania, Phoenix could also be looking to incorporate their No. 6 overall pick into a potential deal:
The Suns have discussed forwards T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson in several separate trade packages, as well as the No. 6 pick, league sources said.
There have been several reports released in recent days that indicate the Suns’ desire to move up in this year’s draft. One team that they are rumored to be in discussions with is the New Orleans Pelicans, who recently traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers but hold the No.1 and No. 4 overall selections.
If the Suns were to deal Jackson and Warren, it would open up quite a bit of cap space on the team’s books. It would also allow them to re-sign Kelly Oubre and still have enough money to go after another top player in free agency.
Warren dealt with an ankle injury for the second half of this season, so any interested team will have to take that into consideration. The former NC State standout made 43 appearances with the Suns last season, racking up averages of 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 31.6 minutes per outing.
Jackson, on the other hand, played in 79 games (29 starts), recording averages of 11.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting (32.4 percent from beyond the arc), 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and just under one steal (0.9) in 25.2 minutes per contest.