Apr 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) dribbles against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns $32 million apart in contract negotiations


ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported early Thursday that the Phoenix Suns and their restricted free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe were having some problems during contract negotiations.

The future of one of the most talented free agents left on the market remains cloudy, as Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns remain far apart in contract talks, according to sources close to the situation.

Bledsoe’s representatives have been engaged in discussions with Phoenix, but the Suns’ offer is far below what Bledsoe is looking for.

Now, Broussard is providing more clarity on the situation and just how incredibly far apart these two sides are.

Yikes. A $32 million difference is nothing to ignore. The Suns might have to eventually pony up the dough to retain Bledsoe because, as Broussard notes, there are several teams out there that could have interest in his services.

The Milwaukee Bucks have been mentioned as a team with interest in Bledsoe, and Sacramento and Houston, which recently traded away Jeremy Lin, could be in the market for a point guard.

Bledsoe was fantastic during his first year as a Sun, averaging 17.7 points (44.7 shooting percentage from the field), 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds last season.

With Bledsoe being just 24, the sky is the limit for the athletic freak and whoever ultimately ends up with him will have one of the best young point guards in the NBA today.

Bledsoe was the No. 18 pick in the 2010 draft out of Kentucky.

 

 

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  • GoSuns

    I love Bledsoe and I really hope we get to keep him, but no we cannot pay him 5yr 80/mil. We offered him the same money Lowry got and Lowry is more proven at this point.

  • Michael Bradley

    He is a max player and he has more upside then Lowry. They are four million per year apart. Offer 14 million. He is a star player.

  • Shawn Schwickerath

    I say sign and trade him, or let him walk…. dude’s been talking “max contract” since he got here, and hasn’t really shown max money talent… at this point I say the guys a Diva and needs to be let go- don’t want him on my team, already heard enough of this max contract jive during the Steve Nash years here. (Pro Tip: Joe Johnson, Amare, Matrix all got traded for their paychecks- the team doesn’t appreciate greedy players, and neither does the fan base.)

    • Z….

      lol

  • Z….

    Is Phoenix really going to let all of the great things they did to accumulate assets in the last year go down the drain? First they make that odd move for Isiah Thomas. Then they lose Channing Frye. Now, they’re really considering letting Bledsoe go? Pay him the max contract he is clearly worth

  • Jimmyshwaggert

    He is for sure not worth 16 mill per year. For 5 years. Not with the fact he is injury proned in the legs. The amazing med staff should be the extra incentive if he was smart. No one is giving him that money. Not with Lowry getting 12. I’m cool with 1-2 more mill a year on 4 years. With some type of option on the 4th