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

NBA Free Agency 2014: Eric Bledsoe seen dining with Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra


You know what many NBA fans fear right now? They’re valued free agents being seen or connected with the Miami Heat. Unfortunately for Phoenix Suns fans, that nightmare has become reality as free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe was seen eating dinner with Miami Heat team president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Post-LeBron James, the Miami Heat have been every bit of active. They’ve re-signed Chris Bosh to the max. Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Danny Granger have joined the fold as well as Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers by way of re-signing. This organization is doing their best of showing no panic as James is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, showing aggression in free agency to improve the team’s odds for the 2014-15 season.

And as we see, previous reports of the Miami Heat being interested in Eric Bledsoe are completely true.

Fortunately for the fans of the Phoenix Suns, two things are playing in their favor.

With the Heat reloading for the next few seasons, cap space isn’t on their best side at the moment. With Deng, Cole, Chalmers, McRoberts, Bosh, Granger, and Andersen signed, they’re close to the cap line. Once you add in the deals Dwyane Wade and Udonish Haslem will receive, as well as the signings of Shabazz Napier and James Ennis, they’ll then grow closer to the luxury tax line, making it near impossible to offer anything close to the max.

And thanks to the CBA rules, the Suns, due to Bledsoe’s restricted free agency, have the ability to match any contract offered to Bledsoe in free agency. Of course, that is, if Phoenix is willing to do so as we just saw the Houston Rockets let Chandler Parsons go to the Dallas Mavericks as a RFA. With Isaiah Thomas under contract, many have grown weary that Phoenix won’t match a Bledsoe deal, but considering they’ve an ample amount of cap space and Bledsoe could become a huge trade asset (Kevin Love?), the odds of Phoenix not matching are slim to none.

Riley and company always have something up their sleeves, so it’ll be interesting to see how they approach this situation. After losing the best player in the world, a starting lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, and Josh McRoberts would be one hell of a way to bounce back from that.

UPDATE:

The photo above is a picture of Spoelstra, Riley, and recently signed forward Luol Deng.

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  • Jimmyshwaggert

    Bledsoe just taking advantage of a free 5 star meal.

  • Aaron

    Will the heat be able to sign him?

  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    Turn up….let’s see what we can do with this…. we don’t got the money. But still

  • Dio

    Granger would star over Deng?

    • fidel305

      haha

  • Carlo Peli

    this is DENG

  • fidel305

    this was the missing piece. more shooting from the guard position.

    lowry would’ve been perfect but all that game playing / misleading of wade and riles by james and his pos agent delayed things until that was no longer possible.

    and Bledsoe has the same agent as james [his only other client, since he stopped selling counterfeit jerseys out of the trunk of his car and became an "agent"] so I don’t see this happening. I doubt riles will deal with him.

    besides the heat don’t have cap room unless they can somehow sign Bledsoe with the wade money and then use bird rights to go over the cap and pay a huge luxury tax to sign wade. if that’s even possible

  • Michael Bradley

    What are they going to do? Offer him MLE and hope the Suns don’t match? Pat Riley – “Eric, would you be willing to take a pay cut for the good of the team?”