Apr 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) brings the ball up court during the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Bledsoe rumors: Bledsoe more likely to take Phoenix Suns' qualifying offer?

Although Phoenix Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe entered free agency as one of the top players on the market, Bledsoe remains a restricted free agent. Bledsoe reportedly turned down a four-year, $48 million deal to remain with the Suns and has been looking for a max deal (five years, $80 million).

Bledsoe hasn’t received other offers, likely because teams believed the Suns would match any offer sheet he would sign. The Suns and Bledsoe are growing further apart and there is speculation Bledsoe could accept the Suns’ qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next year.

Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors still doesn’t believe Bledsoe will accept the Suns’ qualifying offer but does believe it becomes more and more likely as the days go on.

Progressively more likely by the day? Yes. But is it truly likely? No. That would entail signing for a salary that would be less than a third of what he would likely make next season if he took Phoenix’s reported four-year, $48MM offer. That’s an incredibly drastic paycut. There have been precious few who’ve ever signed the QO. (http://www.hoopsrumors.com/…) So, I would think that the threat that Bledsoe would actually sign the QO is an idle one.

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, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 44.5% from the floor, 32.7% from three and 75.9% from the charity stripe.

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