Although Phoenix Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe and Phoenix Suns’ big man Greg Monroe entered the offseason as two of the top players on the market, the two restricted free agents remain unsigned. There is reportedly a rift between Bledsoe and the Suns and Monroe wants out of Detroit.
However, Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com would be surprised if either player found a sign-and-trade.
I’d be very surprised at this point if either player found a sign-and-trade that was workable for all sides. Too many competing interests at play. At this point, playing for the qualifying offer seems like the overwhelmingly likely option.
Monroe is reportedly going to sign his qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next season. There has been a lot of speculation Bledsoe could do the same.
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. The 18th-overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft has put up 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 75.9% from the charity stripe. 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. Monroe, who was the seventh-overall pick in the first round of the 2010 draft, has averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 50.8% from the floor and 67.8% from the foul line.
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