Don't expect Eric Bledsoe to be traded to the Detroit Pistons anytime soon.
Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy has gone on the record to squash rumors that the club is prepared to deal point guard Reggie Jackson for the Phoenix Suns guard.
Rumors swirled earlier this week about a potential three-team deal involving both Jackson and Bledsoe, but Van Gundy felt the need to go public with his intentions in an attempt to support his players.
"I left practice yesterday and there’s a rumor out on Reggie and Bledsoe so I had to get home and call Reggie and say we’re not trading you for Bledsoe," Van Gundy told The Detroit News. "I don’t usually address all of them (trade rumors) but it’s early in the (season). You can’t address all of them at the trade deadline, but I felt the need to address this.”
Van Gundy's squad is hot, storming out to an impressive 7-3 start to sit atop the Eastern Conference standings heading into action Sunday. Jackson, who is averaging 15.5 points and just over six assists per game to this point, is thriving playing alongside new acquisition Avery Bradley. Despite his solid play, Jackson isn't surprised by the trade rumors.
“I don’t pay attention and really don’t care (about rumors),” Jackson said. “Everybody’s media nowadays. Anybody can write anything and it can go on the web. That’s the beauty and downfall of the internet. Who cares? Everybody’s going to talk and have their own opinion."
Bledsoe, who has been exiled by the Suns after tweeting about his willingness to leave the organization, is the subject of rampant trade rumors, as Phoenix management scrambles to put together a deal for any interested parties.
The Pistons are 2-0 on their current five-game homestand, and won't take the court again until Wednesday when the Indiana Pacers visit Detroit.