In what has come as a bit of a surprise to many, the market for Phoenix Suns’ point guard Eric Bledsoe has not been as a large as many expected. With the way some of this year’s crop of free agents have been paid, there was several pundits who expected Bledsoe to ink a deal worth around $80 million. That’s what Bledsoe is looking for, but the Suns are reportedly only offering a four-year, $48 million deal.
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That could lead Bledsoe to find a deal elsewhere but not many teams can afford Bledsoe now that nearly all of the marquee free agents have signed. One team that could afford Bledsoe is the Philadelphia 76ers.
However, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the 76ers are not interested in Bledsoe.
"It seems that the Phoenix Suns and guard Eric Bledsoe are worlds apart on a new deal, at least according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard who tweeted that the Suns offered a four-year $48 million contract, while Bledsoe is said to be seeking a maximum deal worth five-years and $80 million; putting a $4 million per year gap between the two sides on reaching a deal.The problem for Bledsoe is there isn’t another team out there sitting on more than $11 million in space that is actively interested.The Philadelphia 76ers are sitting on roughly $23 million in space but are not at all interested in Bledsoe."
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. Bledsoe, who was the 18th-overall selection 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 field, 32.7% from three and 75.9% from the charity stripe.