Suns Trade 2017 NBA Draft No.4 Pick Josh Jackson to Grizzlies

Josh Jackson on college. Photo by Robert Backman/CSM/Shutterstock

Phoenix Suns are officially out of patience with Josh Jackson. According to several media outlets, including ESPN and The Athletic, Suns are trading Jackson, whom they drafted fourth overall in 2017, Memphis Grizzlies.

As part of the trade, the Suns are also sending De’Anthony Melton and two second-round picks to Grizzlies, while getting Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter in return. Suns are expected to waive Korver in the coming days, allowing the veteran to sign with a championship contender.

Phoenix’ motivation for the deal was clearing the salary space so they could sign point guard Ricky Rubio, with whom they agreed to a three-year, $51 million deal several days ago. Memphis on the other hand, is taking a gamble that they could unlock Jackson’s potential and end up getting a quality player on the cheap.

Suns had big expectations for Josh Jackson when they drafted him, but the former Kansas Jayhawks man never managed to justify them during his two years in the league. Jackson did show flashes of his talent but was largely inconsistent on the floor while having off-court issues as well.

 Jackson’ NBA averages include 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.