The Detroit Pistons offered a package including point guard Reggie Jackson and a first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for guard Eric Bledsoe, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Phoenix turned down the proposal, Basketball Insiders has learned.
Jackson, 27, has averaged 16.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 28.8 minutes per game for Detroit. Jackson leads the team with a 22.4 PER and is second in scoring. He’s owed $16 million this season and $35.1 million combined over the following two seasons.
Detroit’s interest in acquiring Bledsoe was first reported by the New York Times. According to ESPN, Phoenix would prefer a third team to take on Jackson in any potential deal involving Bledsoe.
Although Detroit’s first proposal wasn’t enough for Phoenix to pull the trigger, a third team can be added with those same pieces to complete the trade equation at another time.
Bledsoe was offered to the New York Knicks for No. 8 overall pick Frank Ntilikina and center Willy Hernangomez, as reported by Basketball Insiders. In addition, the Denver Nuggets and Suns discussed a trade package including former No. 7 overall pick Emmanuel Mudiay and forward Kenneth Faried for Bledsoe, as reported by Basketball Insiders.
The Milwaukee Bucks have also reportedly expressed trade interest in Bledsoe.
Bledsoe expressed his frustration publicly in a tweet following a 0-3 start and the firing of head coach Earl Watson.
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
Bledsoe spoke with general manager Ryan McDonough and owner Robert Sarver privately several weeks before the tweet. During that conversation the desire for a change was expressed, a league source told Basketball Insiders.
Bledsoe told McDonough he was at a hair salon with a woman and the tweet wasn’t related to the Suns. McDonough didn’t believe Bledsoe’s story and told the media the 27-year-old guard “won’t be with us going forward.”
Eric Bledsoe’s explanation for “Dont wanna be here” tweet, per McDonough: He was at a hair salon. “I don’t believe that to be true,” GM said pic.twitter.com/U4vODTUADO
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) October 23, 2017
Since the incident, Phoenix has gone 4-1 without Bledsoe and improved its record to 4-4 overall under interim coach Jay Triano.
Bledsoe, 27, is owed $14.5 million this season and $15 million next season.
Pistons offered a package including Reggie Jackson and a first-round pick to the Suns for Eric Bledsoe, a league source told @BBallInsiders.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) November 2, 2017
Paul Millsap Returns to Practice, Return Still Unknown
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap on Wednesday returned to his first full practice since undergoing left wrist surgery in November. Although Millsap said it felt good to be back with his teammates, he stopped short of putting an exact date on when he’ll return to game action.
“Hopefully pretty soon,” Millsap told reporters, according to the Denver Post. “It feels good now. We’ll see how it feels in the morning or after [Thursday’s] practice, and we’ll go from there. My intention was to come right back after the All-Star break and get into it, but we have to be smart about it. This was my first practice today, full contact, and I have to be smart about my wrist and my body.”
Mark Cuban Fined $600K for ‘Tanking’ Comments
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 by the NBA for saying his team should tank this season.
Cuban called tanking “brutal” but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season. Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that the fine was for “for public statements detrimental to the NBA.”
LeBron on Potential Playoff Reseeding: ‘Let’s not get too crazy’
Fresh off being named MVP of the NBA All-Star Game played in a reimagined format that seemingly reinvigorated the February festivities, LeBron James urged the league to pump the brakes when it comes to potential changes to the playoffs.
“It’s cool to mess around with the All-Star Game — we proved you can do that — but let’s not get too crazy about the playoffs,” James said after Cleveland Cavaliers practice Wednesday. “You have Eastern Conference and you have Western Conference. You have Eastern Conference champions, you have guys from the Eastern Conference that win the big dance and sometimes you have it from the West as well.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN