The Phoenix Suns and restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe are reportedly “far apart” in negotiations. Bledsoe is looking for a five-year, $80 million deal while the Suns have offered him four years and $48 million. In fact, according to league sources of Chris Haynes of Comcast Sports Net Northwest, “an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations” “it has even escalated to the point where the “relationship is on the express lane to being ruined.”
Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders believes the Suns are still waiting for Bledsoe to sign an offer sheet so they can simply match it and keep Bledsoe.
No, I don’t think Bledsoe will leave Phoenix. Every year we seem to have a player who is waiting around for some team to make him an offer so his team can match it. Sooner or later some team usually does it, too. Bledsoe has made public comments stating that he feels the Suns are disrespecting him in some way, but this is what RFA is. Business only.
The only team that could really afford to make Bledsoe a huge offer is the Philadelphia 76ers and they don’t seem particularly interested in doing so. If a team winds up inking Bledsoe, it would most likely be the Milwaukee Bucks.
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.
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