Although he is a very talented, young player, Phoenix Suns’ restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe, remains on the open market. The Suns reportedly offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal but Bledsoe is looking for a deal worth about $80 million over five years. Bledsoe has become upset with the Suns and could wind up simply signing his qualifying offer and becoming a free agent next year.
Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders thinks the two sides could come to a compromise in the next few weeks.
I would expect something to get done before training camp, especially given the fact that Bledsoe has had his knee scoped twice already. We may see a compromise along the lines of what you talked about, or maybe by getting less years. Bledsoe has only been making around a million a year so far, so even 2 or 3 years at around $10 million is enough of a raise, and enough money that he should be set for life, which he is not now. Also, a shorter contract will allow Bledsoe to become a free agent again at 26 or 27 rather than 28, which would be helpful in getting another long-term deal as the TV money increases beyond 2016.
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.
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