The Phoenix Suns knew that when they offered restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million dollar contract earlier this offseason, no team would likely attempt to out-bid them. Sure, there were teams interested in a sign-and-trade but from a free agent standpoint, the Suns felt rather confident they could keep their guard.
However, Eric Bledsoe was none too happy with the Phoenix Suns offer, thinking he was low-balled and even went on to call out his organization and suggested they were doing him dirty.
It’s understandable as to why he may feel that way, but sadly the NBA is a business and the Suns haven’t done anything illegal or wrong in their handling of Eric Bledsoe and believe their contract offer to him was more than fair says team owner Robert Sarver.
“We think it’s a fair offer. I think you could argue, you know, I mean some would say it’s maybe a little high; some would say it’s low,” the owner said. “What’s fair is important to us, and also important to him — him and his agent. It’s not necessarily us to determine what he thinks is fair; it’s him to determine that.”
Keep in mind, Eric Bledsoe hasn’t had the best track record regarding health so it’s not as if the Suns have complete reassurance that he’ll be completely healthy during the duration of his contract. Also add in that no team even presented Bledsoe an offer and it’s safe to assume that the Suns are offering fair market value to the former Kentucky Wildcat, despite his suggestion that he’s getting the rug pulled out from beneath him.