The Phoenix Suns are trimming the fat on their roster, and that started with guard Frank Jackson on Tuesday, according to USA Today’s Michael Sotto.
Sources: The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Frank Jackson, @hoopshype has learned.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) October 11, 2022
Jackson was brought in by the Suns to increase the guard depth during training camp. As it stands, the 24-year-old guard couldn’t showcase enough to crack the rotation amongst Phoenix’s ballhandlers and scorers.
The Suns were already bringing back veteran guards Cameron Payne and Landry Shamet off the bench, which significantly decreased Jackson’s chances. Even more, the Suns signed guard Duane Washington, Jr. to a two-way deal in August.
Jackson’s veteran experience could prove helpful to another team short on guard depth. Jackson saw playing time through two of the Suns’ three preseason games. The fifth-year guard went scoreless through both outings.
Phoenix is currently assessing its backcourt as it preps for another contending season. Whether it be Washington filling those back minutes or not, Jackson was simply outplayed out of the rotation.
Phoenix could also look to add more bench talent through a pending Jae Crowder trade. Crowder has yet to be moved, but his suitors will likely hand over a return that can help fill out the bench. One said scenario would be from the Atlanta Hawks, who’ve been rumored to have interest in Crowder.
Atlanta could send back former Suns guard Aaron Holiday, who would surely compete with Shamet and Payne for upfront minutes off the bench.
Phoenix will finish its preseason tour on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings. The Suns are currently 1-2.
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