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Grizzlies’ Josh Jackson will not report to training camp, to start season in G-League

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 03: Josh Jackson #20 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game against the Utah Jazz at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 03, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Just two years ago, Josh Jackson was the No. 4 pick of the Phoenix Suns.

This summer, while he battled legal issues (again), Phoenix traded Jackson to the Grizzlies in what essentially was a salary dump. The Suns just wanted out. Now Jackson will not even start the season in the Grizzlies training camp, he is headed straight to the G-League, a story broken by Michael Wallace of Grind City Media.

The Suns are not exactly the best player developmental team in the NBA, and they quickly gave the athletic wing far more playmaking responsibility than he was ready for. The results were flashes of impressive play surrounded by lousy shot selection and just flat out missed shots. And that was just on the court, off the court Jackson’s short career has been marred by legal issues, off-court problems, and frustration.

The Grizzlies are giving him a chance (and Jackson gets his paydays), but he’s going to have to earn his way back to the NBA.