That makes Bledsoe one of the premier available free agents, though he brings with him a caveat – he’s a restricted free agent.
Such a clause will allow his current team, the Phoenix Suns the right to match any contract offer he receives in free agency and according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, that’s exactly what the Suns plan to do.
“There is almost no scenario in which Eric Bledsoe is not matched by the Phoenix Suns. There have been some that have wondered if the Suns would match a full max contract offer and the answer there is very much yes.”
Kyler goes on to suggest that the Suns may even set the bar themselves rather than allowing an opposing team to come in and make the initial offer.
Multiple teams are said to have interest in offering Bledsoe a contract, including the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers though it doesn’t appear as if the Suns have any intention of allowing their young All-Star caliber guard to leave the Valley of the Sun.
It’s certainly an investment that comes with a bit of risk given Bledsoe has had recurring knee issues, but the Suns medical staff apparently feels they’re more freak in nature than problematic as the Suns have continually suggested all season they will match any offer Bledsoe receives.
Granted, it’s a sentiment we often hear from teams but the Suns do appear ready to match any offers that come their way.