Although they missed the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns turned things around this year, finishing with a record of 48-34.
Despite playing in just 43 games of a meniscus injury, the acquisition of Eric Bledsoe was a huge reason for that turnaround.
Most expect Bledsoe to re-sign with the Suns when he becomes a restricted free agent in the offseason, but according to Paul Coro of AZCentral Sports, some are a little worried he has not publicly committed to re-signing.
Nothing is as heavy as Bledsoe’s restricted free agency. The Suns have control to match any offer sheet on Bledsoe and Tucker and have expressed an intention to do so or execute a pre-emptive strike with a longer, richer contract.
The only murky part is Bledsoe has not committed himself publicly to the idea of wanting to come back to Phoenix. He deflects repeated questions on the matter, providing answers about spending time with his family and working on his game in the summer in Birmingham, Ala.
Of course since Bledsoe is restricted, even if he signs with another team, the Suns can match the offer and keep him.
Bledsoe’s teammates are confident he will return.
Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game this season.