Nov 28, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (right) high fives point guard Rodney Stuckey (left) before the game against the Phoenix Suns at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns rumors: Suns targeting Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe?

The Phoenix Suns have already completed a sign-and-trade to acquire point guard Isaiah Thomas and his new, four-year, $27 million deal from the Sacramento Kings and signed forward Anthony Tolliver to a two-year, $6 million deal to replace the departed Channing Frye, who signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Orlando Magic.

The Suns have now turned their attention to Detroit Pistons’ restricted free agent big man Greg Monroe and a restricted free agent of their own, guard Eric Bledsoe.

There have been reports the Suns want to acquire Monroe and keep Bledsoe. Steve Kyler of Basketball explains the Suns can afford to sign Monroe to a deal starting at $13.6 million and still keep Bledsoe by using his Bird rights to go over the salary cap.

The Phoenix Suns have roughly $12.759 million available under the cap and could free up an additional $915,000 by renouncing the cap hold on Leandro Barbosa. The Suns do have a $6.56 million qualifying offer out to Eric Bledsoe. There have been reports that the Suns might issue an offer to Pistons free agent Greg Monroe, and could do a deal starting at $13.6 million and still be able to retain Bledsoe using his Bird rights. The Suns and Bledsoe remain somewhat apart on a deal,with reports suggesting that a four-year, $48 million offer was made by the Suns and turned away by Bledsoe.

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. Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line last season.

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