With the Phoenix Suns and restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe seemingly miles apart in contract discussions (and some believe they aren’t talking at all and have’t in some time), there has been speculation Bledsoe could be had in a sign-and-trade.
If he is dealt, Patrick Harrel of The Dream Shake believes Bledsoe would be a great fit for the Houston Rockets.
On paper, Eric Bledsoe fits the Rockets extremely well. He’s an athletic specimen, excellent in transition and with the potential to be a terror defensively. When he is clicking, he is one of the best in the league on the defensive end, and a combination of him and Beverley at the point guard spot would help James Harden out tremendously with defensive responsibilities.
He’s the quintessential two-way player and would be a serious upgrade over Patrick Beverley offensively. In his first season as a starter, he had a career year offensively, scoring very effectively in the paint and averaging 17.7 points for the Suns.
Bledsoe would obviously be a fantastic fit and and upgrade their overall talent. If the Rockets were to include some of their younger pieces (Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejūnas, Clint Capela, etc…), the Suns could be interested but the Suns do already have a surplus of young talent, including three rookie first round picks (T.J. Warren, Tyler Ennis and Bogan Bogdanovic).
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 four-year NBA career, the 18th-overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, has averaged 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 75.8% from the charity stripe.
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