Phoenix Suns rookie Josh Jackson has been the center of trade rumors before playing his first NBA game, but he clearly isn’t letting them get him down.
“I think if that was going to happen, it would’ve happened by now,” Jackson said in an interview with SiriusXM NBA radio.
Jackson is a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Kansas and was drafted by the Suns with the No. 4 overall pick. The rumors in question are centered around Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving, who has requested a trade.
“A little talking to my agent, not really checking social media, because that’s not the way to go. People just say whatever,” Jackson told NBA radio. “I handled it the same way I tried to handle draft night. Coming in, I didn’t know what was going to happen, I still don’t know what is going to happen.”
The Suns and Cavs have undoubtedly talked, and Jackson has undoubtedly been mentioned. Several executives interviewed by Amico Hoops said they believe the Suns are the frontrunners when it comes to potential Irving destinations.
The sides are likely to continue talking until the Cavs either strike a deal (with Phoenix or elsewhere) or decide to keep Irving.
“I was kind of in the dark a little bit,” Jackson said of the Suns’ talks with the Cavs. “But I got a feeling that the trade wasn’t going to happen.”
Either way, he reportedly is off the table — at least for now. But he is also well aware that as long as trade talks are alive, he is promising enough for the Cavs to seek him in return. Again, the Suns aren’t budging. Still, when it comes to talents such as Irving and promising prospects such as Jackson, anything can still happen.
“I’m going to make the most of whatever situation I’m presented with,” Jackson told NBA radio. “If I’m traded to China, whatever, I’m gonna come out, I’m gonna be happy and just try to make the best of it.”