One of the biggest surprises of free agency thus far is the lack of interested in Phoenix Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe is a restricted free agent, but hasn’t come close to singing an offer sheet with anyone. The Suns are reportedly offering Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal while he is looking for a max deal – five years, $80 million.
The Los Angeles Lakers have recently shown interest in Bledsoe and could be preparing an offer while the Milwaukee Bucks have been tied to Bledsoe for some time. However, to earn the salary he desire, the Bucks would have to complete a sign-and-trade.
Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders does not think the Bucks have the type of players it would take to complete a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe, at least not involving anyone they would be willing to part with.
It really has been surprisingly quiet on the Bledsoe front, although Broussard did report the issue is Bledsoe’s desire for a full 5-yr, $80M contract rather than the 4-yr, $48M they are offering. Ultimately, I think it will come down to Bledsoe’s agent finding a suitor he is comfortable with that will pay him a price he’ll accept so that Phoenix can work out a S&T.
Not sure if he’s in the Bucks’ plans, but they’d need to send some salary out in order to make that work. Not sure they have anyone on their roster (outside of guys they’d want to keep) that Phoenix would want.
Bledsoe averaged 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 last season.