Apr 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) brings the ball up court during the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Bledsoe rumors: Phoenix Suns expected to re-sign Bledsoe

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Although many projected the Phoenix Suns to be one of the worst teams in the league in the 2013-2014 season, they made a bold move before the season, acquiring guard Eric Bledsoe from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bledsoe, a very talented guard who was serving as a backup to Clippers’ star Chris Paul, missed 39 games but the Suns still managed to turn in a 48-34 season and were quite possibly the most improved team in basketball.

Now that free agency has officially started, the Suns have been tied to several big name free agents like Miami Heat forward LeBron James, New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol, Cleveland Cavaliers forward’ Luol Deng and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, among others.

However, their number one priority remains retaining Bledsoe.

In fact, it would stun Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders if the Suns let Bledsoe walk in free agency.

I’d be stunned if the Suns let Eric Bledsoe walk. They have made it clear that they will match any offer he receives and the organization loves him. At the very least, if for whatever reason they wanted to move him, they would probably match his offer sheet and then try to trade him later. You don’t let an asset like Bledsoe leave for nothing. I think he’ll be back in Phoenix next year.

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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