We’ve heard it time and time again during the past few months – the Phoenix Suns would match any reasonable offer for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe.
But what about a max offer?
It seems a little crazy to suggest any team would offer such a deal up, but that might be the only way one could pluck Bledsoe away from the Suns organization. Or maybe not? According to Basketball Insiders Joel Brigham, it’s possible the Suns would even match a max offer for Bledsoe.
I think we’re past the window of getting him nailed down for fewer than $10 million per year, but I also don’t think he’s quite max material, either. He could still get that as a restricted free agents because teams have to overpay to dissuade other teams to match, but I think Phoenix would even match the max for this kid. They have the cap space, and he’s arguably good enough to earn it. $13-14 million annually for him seems fair over 4 or 5 years, but I could definitely see him getting more than that.
It’s a hefty sum for Bledose, despite his talent – especially given the potential injury concerns regarding his legs/knees.
All that said, I personally don’t believe any team would offer the max to Bledsoe given the concerns – which is only good news for the Suns.