The Phoenix Suns have presented a contract offer to restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe which would pay him upwards of $48 million dollars over the course of four seasons. It’s a respectable deal and one that the Phoenix Suns brass believes to be fair.
Eric Bledsoe on the other hand doesn’t see it that way, believing that he’s a max player. Given the differing opinions, the future of Bledsoe’s time in the Valley of the Sun remains in limbo.
So who’s correct in their assessment of Eric Bledsoe’s value? Is it the guard himself? Or are the Phoenix Suns offering what they believe to be market value for his services?
Well, according to multiple unnamed NBA executives, Eric Bledsoe is overpricing himself.
“I’m surprised that they would offer him that much,” he said. “They don’t need to. It is really fair and, in fact, generous. He is talented, but he has never put it together very long, and he hasn’t been healthy. It’s hard to turn your team over to him.”
“He expected way too much,” another executive stated. “They built up his head, and it gets him out of whack. I’d love to have him, but he’s not a max player. All it takes is one team, but one team hasn’t made him an offer sheet.”
Bledsoe has all but accused the Suns of playing dirty, using his restricted status against him considering they repeatedly stated they would match any offer sheet presented to him by another interested team.
Of course, those are the rules of restricted free agency so while maybe not the most ethical, the Suns certainly didn’t do anything wrong.