The Phoenix Suns have continued to express their desire to keep restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe, who they acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers a year ago, but the two sides are not close a deal. Bledsoe is looking for a max contract worth about $80 million over five years but the Suns are reportedly offering a four-year, $48 million deal.
Teams have inquired about dealing for Bledsoe, but according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Suns “seem less than interested” in dealing Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade.
A few teams have inquired about a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe, mostly at the urging of his camp. However, the Suns seemed less than interested, according to one team that inquired.
While Bledsoe is arguably one of the top free agents left on the board, it does not look like Philadelphia, who is sitting on $23 million in cap space, is going to set the price for Bledsoe, meaning the best offer on the table is from Phoenix.
There has been some talk that Milwaukee, who could get to roughly $13 million in possible space, has interest in Bledsoe, but sources say they are only interested if they can obtain him in a sign-and-trade and offload some unwanted salary in the deal.
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. In his career, he’s put up 8.7 points, 3.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 44.5% from the field, 32.7% from three and 75.9% from the free throw line.