Two of the better young players in basketball, Phoenix Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe and Detroit Pistons’ big man Greg Monroe, remain restricted free agents. There hasn’t been a lot of interest in either player and both have grown frustrated. Monroe will reportedly sign the Pistons’ qualifying offer in order to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and there are many who believe Bledsoe will follow suit.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, teams have cooled on both Monroe and Bledsoe because they believe they can sign them next year.
But, as one league general manager told Sporting News this week, their potential free agency next summer has cooled the market for each.
“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.”
If the two are available and are interested in joining that club, it makes sense to resist giving him assets right now. Of course, you also take the risk of seeing them go elsewhere.
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. Monroe put up 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 49.7% from the field and 65.7% from the free throw line last season.
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