One of the more interesting sublots of the NBA offseason has been the restricted free agencies of Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe. Both are great young talents, but have yet to sign a long-term contract this summer and it seems both will ultimately just accept the qualifying offers from their former teams, the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons, and become unrestricted free agents next year.
One would think that teams would have been lining up with sign-and-trade offers for these two this summer, considering every team could use players of their caliber. But an NBA general manager recently shed light on why teams have been hesitant to talk trade with the Suns and Pistons to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
“I think any one of us would be wary of getting involved in a trade for either player,” the GM said. “Their teams overvalue them in terms of making trades, they don’t want to give them away for nothing. There’s no reason to give up significant assets for players who probably will be available next summer. That doesn’t mean a deal can’t get done, but it is complicated.” …
Both Monroe and Bledsoe are said to want deals in the range of five years and the maximum, but Bledsoe is being offered four years and $48 million. Monroe denied a report he was offered five years, $60 million by Detroit. Teams are, naturally, not eager to shell out that kind of money while also giving up players.
This is the life of a restricted free agent. I’m sure Bledsoe and Monroe, assuming they accept the qualifying offers, are very much looking forward to next summer when they can get paid their market value without all of these complications.