Josh Jackson calls his off-court issues ‘old business’
An Arizona sports radio host said the Phoenix Suns want to trade Josh Jackson and the Sacramento Kings would be interested in spite of the young forward’s arrest at a South Florida music festival last weekend.
John Gambadoro — co-host of the “Burns and Gambo Show” on KMVP-FM 98.7 in Phoenix — said the Kings and New York Knicks would have interest in Jackson. Gambadoro described Jackson as a gifted player, but he said Jackson has been a “pain in the a--” and his trade value might have plummeted with his latest arrest.
“It’s not a talent thing,” Gambadoro said during his Monday radio show. “The kid’s got a ton of talent. It’s just the Suns enabled him from the start and it’s more about the type of person he is, the type of player he is. They know he’s super talented, but it might be time for a new start.
“I think the Knicks would have interest in him. I think Sacramento would have interest in him. There may be other teams. Now, you put into play what happened over the weekend ... There is no questioning this kid’s talent. He is talented, but talent is not enough. He’s not a smart person. He’s not a smart player.”
The Bee has been unable to confirm the Kings would have any interest in Jackson, a 6-foot-8 small forward who averaged 12.3 points and 4.5 rebounds over his first two seasons in the NBA. General manager Vlade Divac addressed his team’s need for a starting small forward when he acquired Harrison Barnes from the Dallas Mavericks on the eve of the trade deadline, but Divac wants to add depth at the position.
Gambadoro asked if Jackson is “worth salvaging” under new Suns coach Monty Williams and wondered how much his trade value has been diminished. The Suns have obvious needs at the point guard position, but they will wait to reassess their options and Jackson’s future after Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery.
“He’s been a pain in the a--,” Gambadoro said. “He’s been nothing but a pain in the a--. All of these stupid little things he does, not showing up for team-sponsored events, getting arrested and running around with handcuffs on. He’s a pain in the neck, but can (Phoenix coach) Monty Williams fix him?”
Jackson, 22, is facing a felony charge of escape and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest following an incident that occurred Friday night at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami Gardens. ESPN reported that Jackson attempted to enter a VIP area a number of times without the proper pass. Jackson allegedly attempted to run away after being handcuffed by police, but officers were able to detain him.
Jackson faced a misdemeanor vandalism charge after allegedly damaging his ex-girlfriend’s car outside a bar while he was attending Kansas in 2017. According to the Kansas City Star, Jackson agreed to enter anger management classes as part of a diversion agreement in order to get the case dismissed.
Jackson reportedly visited the Kings prior to the 2017 NBA Draft. The Suns selected him with the fourth pick. The Kings chose De’Aaron Fox with the fifth pick.
Jackson has performed erratically over his first two seasons, but there have been undeniable flashes of brilliance. He scored a career-high 36 points in a game against the Golden State Warriors as a rookie last season and poured in 35 points against the New Orleans Pelicans this season. Jackson is a career 29.4-percent 3-point shooter, but he shot 42.1 percent in March and 40 percent in April.