Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro reported Tuesday that the Phoenix Suns are not willing to include first-round draft pick Josh Jackson in a trade for Kyrie Irving.
Rumors had swirled as of late that the Suns could potentially acquire Irving, a 25-year-old point guard, from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade that would include Jackson plus point guard Eric Bledsoe, and potentially even more.
As the right-hand to LeBron James, Irving just finished his sixth NBA season — all with Cleveland — but it was recently reported that Irving wants to be traded away from the organization that drafted him as the first overall pick in 2011.
Jackson, meanwhile, was the Suns’ fourth overall pick in this year’s draft and stands at 6-foot-8, 207-pounds. The 20-year-old averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a freshman at Kansas.
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