In the months leading up to free agency, the Phoenix Suns were adamant about their desire to match any contract restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe would receive. The foot stomping seemed to work as not a single team made the former Kentucky guard an offer outside of the Suns themselves.
That four-year, $48 million dollar offer was sub-par in Bledsoe’s mind and the young guard all but suggested the Phoenix Suns were playing dirty.
That might be true, but the Phoenix Suns certainly haven’t done anything illegal and have given Eric Bledsoe a very financial stable offer to remain in the Valley of the Sun. It’s still not enough though as Suns owner Robert Sarver says they haven’t spoken to their shooting guard in four months.
Now with no team (outside of the uninterested Philadelphia 76ers) able to present Eric Bledsoe with a max-contract offer, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that the former Wildcat has put himself in a proverbial box.
On Monday’s Bickley and Marotta show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Wojnarowski said Bledsoe and his agent, Rich Paul, have “kind of boxed themselves into a corner” after rejecting the Suns’ four-year, $48 million offer but being unable to secure an offer sheet from another team.
There may be a light at the end of the tunnel though as Wojo notes he can’t envision a scenario where they allow Bledsoe to walk, so at worst the guard will sign a one-year qualifying offer. Of course, that’s probably not something the Suns would like to have happen and it certainly clouds his future in Phoenix.