The Phoenix Suns knew that when Eric Bledsoe hit restricted free agency this offseason, he’d have a handful of interest suitors. That’s why they adamantly stomped their feet suggesting they would match any offer he was presented.
No team wanted to risk having their money tied up for three plus days while other free agents signed, resulting in Eric Bledsoe getting zero offers in the free agent market. That didn’t sit well with the former Kentucky Wildcat who essentially suggested the Phoenix Suns were doing him dirty.
However, at the end of the day Phoenix didn’t break any rules and were simply allowing the process of restricted free agency to work itself out. Of course, that has let Eric Bledsoe without a contract and with no team other than the Philadelphia 76ers with enough cap space to sign him outright, it has become a rather odd waiting game.
Eventually that’s going to come to an end and Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders feels the two sides may finally have a contract in place by training camp.
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.
Eric Bledsoe will have the choice to either sign a long-term deal with the Suns or sign a one-year qualifying offer which would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. In addition, it would also give Bledsoe a full no-trade clause though would be a risky move given his injury history and the potential loss of Bird Rights.