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Suns, Eric Bledsoe Far Apart In Talks

5:42pm: The Suns’ current offer to Bledsoe is four years, $48MM, tweets Broussard, who adds that the point guard is insistent on a max offer of five years, $80MM.

10:40am: The Suns are offering Eric Bledsoe much less than the maximum salary he’s likely seeking as the team and agent Rich Paul aren’t moving anywhere close to agreement on a new contract for the restricted free agent, reports Chris Broussard of Phoenix’s insistence that it will match any offers for Bledsoe has effectively deterred would-be suitors, as Broussard details. The Suns have so far refused to discuss sign-and-trade scenarios, but rival teams nonetheless continue to believe the Suns would trade him, given Phoenix’s acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and decision to draft Tyler Ennis. Both are point guards, like Bledsoe.

The Bucks had reportedly been pursuing Bledsoe earlier this month, and while it seems they discussed an offer sheet with him, it isn’t clear whether they’re still in the mix nearly two weeks later. Broussard makes mention of the Bucks in his story, and he also points to the Rockets and Kings as teams in need of a point guard, but it appears as though there’s no sign of legitimate interest from either Houston or Sacramento.

The Jazz had reportedly been preparing to make an offer to Bledsoe, but they’ve largely exhausted their cap flexibility on new deals for Gordon Hayward and Trevor Booker. Some around the league apparently believed Rich Paul’s meetings with teams interested in LeBron James were geared more toward selling those clubs on Bledsoe. The Cavs, Mavs, Lakers and Bulls were among the teams that reportedly met with Paul.

It’s not uncommon for negotiations to become drawn out between marquee restricted free agents and their incumbent teams. The Timberwolves and Nikola Pekovic didn’t reach agreement until August 14th last year. Bledsoe is the top restricted free agent on the Hoops Rumors Free Agent Power Rankings.

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9 thoughts on “Suns, Eric Bledsoe Far Apart In Talks

  1. Zak Arn

    This doesn’t matter, nothing matters until he gets an offer sheet from another team like the Lakers…

  2. victor gonzales

    he is a beast and should be most teams number one target.i wish the rockets could find away to get in the mix for him … i am thinking phoenix will do a sign and trade to not loose the assests … or it may just be a case of since no one offered him max dollars they are not going to offer him max dollars…

  3. Scott

    I wonder if philly would take a shot at him? He could work well with MCW and Philly doesn’t really have an sg’s, so they could play together.

  4. guccci7383

    i think he could very well get a max offer on the open market.. he should sign the 1 yr tender and become an Ufa next summer

    • Then he’ll only be able to get 14M a year.

      • guccci7383

        thats 8 million more then the suns are offering him now… i bet the lakers would swoop him up next summer

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