Restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns haven’t been able to agree to a deal and still seem very far apart.
Larry Coon of of Basketball Insiders believes the situation should be resolved pretty quickly.
It’s not an uncommon situation for restricted free agency. Player thinks he’s worth a certain amount. Other teams may not want to sign the player because they have to overpay him to get him. The result is a stalemate. If Bledsoe and the Suns or another team can come to a consensus on his value, it should be resolved pretty quickly — either through a sign-and-trade or by the Suns signing him directly. But right now that consensus doesn’t seem to exist. The Suns are betting that Bledsoe’s asking price will come down over time.
There has been a lot of chatter about the Suns dealing Bledsoe and both the Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets have been mentioned a potential suitors. In fact, the Suns reportedly tried to deal Bledsoe to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love at the last minute.
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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