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Report: Detroit Pistons make trade offer for Eric Bledsoe involving Reggie Jackson

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The Detroit Pistons have become the latest team to express an interest in acquiring wantaway Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe. 

The 28-year-old has been in exile since he publicly stated his frustration with the franchise by tweeting that he no longer wanted to remain with the team and general manager Ryan McDonough immediately declared that they were pursuing a trade for him. 

McDonough has criticised the athletic guard on multiple occasions in the press since the incident and there's definitely no way back for him in Arizona after he stated "he won't be with us going forward".

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Pistons have now made contact with an offer to exchange Reggie Jackson for Bledsoe as well as a first round draft pick. 

But ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Suns are keen to include a third team in the deal to take Jackson in any potential deal. 

The Pistons have been disappointed in the form of the former Oklahoma City Thunder man as he struggled last season and failed to lead them into the playoffs. 

Despite showing an improvement to start this campaign and with Detroit sitting at the top end of the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 record, they are still keen to offload him and bring in a more complete player in Bledsoe. 

For Phoenix last year, Bledsoe averaged 21.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in 66 games before he was shut down for the season, which was clearly perceived as an effort to tank for draft positioning.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Clippers have also shown interest in the former Kentucky product but it's Detroit who have made the first move with this offer.

Without a third team in the mix, however, it looks unlikely that the Suns will accept the deal and will continue to hold out for a more attractive offer before offloading one of their main assets. 

Per Stein, any deal "would likely depend on what the Pistons would attach to Jackson to sell the Suns on doing such a swap".

Detroit's only hope would appear to be the addition of more draft picks to get their counterparts to budge and agree on a trade. 

But the Suns know that Bledsoe is in demand and will be hoping for a bidding war and to be presented with offers from other teams before making a decision. 

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NBA
Reggie Jackson
Detroit Pistons
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Phoenix Suns
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Eric Bledsoe
Andre Drummond
Devin Booker

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