Many believed the Phoenix Suns did the right thing for their franchise when they so adamantly stomped their feet suggesting they would match any offer sheet presented to restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe.
Fearing that they weren’t bluffing, teams were likely scared away (or simply not interested) and didn’t want to waste their time, energy or money on attempting to woo Eric Bledsoe when the Phoenix Suns would just match his contract.
Presumably the Suns believed their four-year, $48 million dollar offer to Bledsoe would be enough to get the young guard to sign on the dotted line. However, the former Kentucky Wildcat hasn’t taken too kindly to such an offer and believes he’s being low-balled. Not only that, he has expressed displeasure in how the Suns have handled his restricted free agency.
Needless to say, he isn’t exactly thrilled with the Suns and there is concern what originally started out as a solid plan, could backfire on the Phoenix Suns.
The only way this blows up in their face is if he takes the qualifying offer, has a huge year and then leaves next summer because the negotiations strained the relationship.
The deadline to make such a decision is October 1st, so the two sides will have plenty of time to find a middle ground before Bledsoe would be forced to sign that qualifying offer. One would think that if the Suns felt that was going to happen, they’d attempt to sign-and-trade him beforehand so they wouldn’t be left with no return.
Somebody is going to have to blink for this situation to resolve and Eric Bledsoe seems adamant that it’s not going to be him.