Report: Suns won’t shop Josh Jackson, T.J. Warren prior to deadline
The Phoenix Suns decided against an inactive trade deadline for the team this week by moving Ryan Anderson to the Miami Heat in exchange for Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington. However, they may not be looking to make many more moves beyond that. According to Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Suns aren’t interested in trading either of their young wings in Josh Jackson or T.J. Warren.
Among a logjam of wing players, these two haven’t found quite as much playing time as the team would like, but it seems they are insistent on keeping them for now.
Warren, who is in his fifth season, has missed some time due to an ankle injury, but has been having his best season so far. Playing 31.6 minutes per game, Warren is averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals, while shooting a fantastic 42.8 percent on his 3s.
Jackson, who is only a year removed from his rookie season, hasn’t quite made the leap the team was hoping. He is averaging 10.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and a steal in 23.8 minutes per game, all while shooting 29.4 percent from deep and 41.2 percent overall. However, he has seemed to turn it on as of late, scoring 25 or more points in three of his last eight games and averaging 15.1 points and 5.2 rebounds since the start of January.
The Suns have been thrown around as a possible third team in a Lakers-Pelicans deal that would send Anthony Davis to the West Coast, with Phoenix being the team to absorb Lonzo Ball. It seems that if that is still in play, they will look to give up players other than Warren or Jackson to facilitate the deal.