Mar 19, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) makes a pass against the Orlando Magic in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic’s interest in Eric Bledsoe ‘massively overstated’


The rumors surrounding Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love are really heating up.

Although the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers are all expected to make a run at Love, but there is now a belief the Phoenix Suns may be the most likely destination for Love.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders was asked if the Orlando Magic could be a third team in a potential Love-to-Suns deal and answered by reporting the Magic’s interest in Bledsoe is “massively overstated.”

Orlando’s interest in Eric Bledsoe has been so massively overstated. I think Orlando would get involved in a Kevin Love deal for themselves… not sure they would be brokers and I also doubt Orlando is paying Bledsoe’s asking price in a sign and trade either.

The Magic were supposedly hot after Bledsoe last offseason. There were rumors the Los Angeles Clippers wanted to acquire Magic guard Arron Afflalo and would part with Bledsoe to do so. Because the Clippers have the league’s best point guard, Chris Paul, they wanted to put him next to a shooter that would fit in better with him. Instead, the Clippers grabbed another former Magic guard in J.J. Redick, who the Magic traded to the Milwaukee Bucks just before the 2013 trade deadline. The interest in Bledsoe last season led many to believe they are still interested in Bledsoe, who is set to become a restricted free agent.

Bledsoe played in 43 games for the Suns last season, averaging 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 47.7% from the field, 35.7% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free throw line.

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