Will the Phoenix Suns re-sign Eric Bledsoe or will they trade him? It’s been a question looming over the franchise for some time and one that became louder after Bledsoe allegedly rejected a recent contract offer.
Teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in the point guard which lead to rumors suggesting that the Suns may be open to a sign-and-trade scenario. However, Bob Young says the Phoenix Suns front office has ‘little interest‘ in such a move.
By all accounts the Suns will match such a deal if necessary, even if it limits what they can do in the future.
There also appears to be little interest on behalf of the Suns in working sign-and-trade deals involving Bledsoe because the two-playmaker system worked so well last season.
Also hampering any potential sign-and-trade situation is Bledsoe’s contract request. Seeking a maximum, five-year deal, the Suns could not trade him immediately on a five-year deal due to NBA rules. The longest contract a player can sign in a sign-and-trade scenario is four years.
Of course, that’s not of big concern to the Phoenix Suns who appear willing to wait things out regarding Eric Bledsoe’s future.
As you may recall, this situation isn’t completely abnormal as we’ve seen players (Nikola Pekovic of the Minnesota Timberwolves, for example) wait until the mid-point of August before signing a deal. It’s not known if Eric Bledsoe will be willing to wait that long, though his choice of suitors is extremely limited if the Suns have no interest in a sign-and-trade.