Since Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns still haven’t come to terms on a contract and Bledsoe is reportedly very unhappy with the Suns, there have been rumors the Suns could deal Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors doesn’t see any such trade happening.
I think if the Suns are truly worried about Eric Bledsoe signing the QO and skipping town, they might consider that. Otherwise, I can’t see them considering an offer like that. They’ll still have Bledsoe’s Bird rights next season regardless, so no reason to give up a potential star, particularly for a guy who’s overpaid on a long-term deal (Ilyasova).
Although Ilyasova could provide the Suns with a big man who can stretch the floor – something they could really use after losing Channing Frye to the Orlando Magic, completing a deal like this doesn’t make much sense.
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. Ilyasova averaged 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 40.9% from the field, 28.2% from beyond the arc and 82.3% from the free throw line last season. In his six-year NBA career, the 36th-overall pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft, has put up 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 44.3% from the floor, 36.6% from three and 79.3% from the foul line.
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