7:49pm: Bledsoe is expected to miss about six weeks, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, largely confirming what Windhorst reported earlier. Six weeks from today is February 7th, and the Suns play their final game before the All-Star break February 10th. The surgery will repair the meniscus, according to Wojnarowski.
7:26pm: Bledsoe will have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in the knee, the Suns say, according to Windhorst and Coro (Twitter links). The team didn’t give a timetable and didn’t say whether the surgery would remove the meniscus, which usually entails a shorter recovery time than an attempt to repair it.
2:26pm: The initial belief is Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe will be out until after the All-Star break because of a left knee injury, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic first reported that Bledsoe will likely miss a significant amount of time (Twitter link). Bledsoe is set to have an MRI after leaving Saturday’s game against the Sixers, Coro adds.
Any time Bledsoe, Phoenix’s leading scorer, misses would be obviously be a significant blow to the Suns, who are already nosediving at 12-20. Bledsoe, in his sixth year in the league, is enjoying the best season of his career. His 20.4 points per game, 6.1 assists per game and two steals per game are each career highs.
The Suns made headlines during the summer when they re-signed Brandon Knight to a five-year, $70MM contract. Many at the time were skeptical that the backcourt tandem of Bledsoe and Knight would work, but it was recently beginning to show promise. There were also reportedly talks that Bledsoe was expendable after the Suns inked Knight, but those conversations seemed to disappear as the season drew closer.