It’s been a tough week for the Phoenix Suns and the hits just keep on coming for the struggling franchise.
Suns rookie forward Josh Jackson was fined $35,000 by the NBA for making a hand gesture toward a fan that appeared to mimic pulling a trigger.
The league, which announced the fine on Tuesday, described the gesture as “making a menacing gesture on the playing court and directing inappropriate language” toward the fan.
Jackson denied that the gesture he made was mimicking firing a gun.
“That’s what most people thought I was (doing), but I actually wasn’t making a gun,” Jackson said, According to azcentral.com.
“I kind of wanted to put up the middle finger to him, but I didn’t do that because I felt like I was really being watched so I kind of halfway did it.”
Jackson described being heckled by the fan all game.
“He called me a few names as I was coming out of the game so that’s what really set me off,” Jackson described.
“But it had been going on from the same guy the entire game. Fans can come and sit so close and say whatever they want to say and us as players can’t react in any type of way. It’s something I’m still learning.”
Sixers Trade Ricaun Holmes To Suns
Holmes, 24, averaged 6.5 ppg and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Sixers last season.
The trade marks the second trade of the day for the Suns, who also shipped Jared Dudley off to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Darrell Arthur who will be bought out.
Suns Retaining Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison
Reed, who missed the majority of his rookie season due to a knee injury, had a partial guarantee of $689K on his $1.38M salary, according to Basketball Insiders.
Reed was one of the bright spots for the Suns during Summer League play, averaging 13.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 3.0 APG per game.
Harrison played in 23 games for Phoenix last season, averaging 6.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 2.4 APG per contest.
Suns Trade Jared Dudley to Nets for Darrell Arthur
The Phoenix Suns and the Brooklyn Nets have completed a trade that will send veteran forward Jared Dudley and a top-35 protected 2021 second-round pick to Brooklyn for Darrell Arthur, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The move seems to be for financial purposes.
Arthur has an expiring deal of $7.46M and is likely to be bought out by Phoenix and Dudley, who has a $9.53M expiring contract is likely to be bought out as well.
The deal seems to indicate that another trade is on the horizon for the Suns, who will have $3M in cap space after all is said an done, including buyouts, and could use other roster moves to create additional space.
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