One of the biggest names on the NBA free agency market is Phoenix suns restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. The Suns reportedly offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million contract when free agency opened, but Bledsoe’s reps wanted a five-year max offer that could run north of $80 million.
Now, the Suns may be willing to part with Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade deal that would ship him elsewhere.
The Suns have contacted at least one team and taken inquiries from others regarding the possibility of executing a Bledsoe sign-and-trade. That would include the Suns signing Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, to a contract on behalf of another team in exchange for player(s) and/or draft pick(s). Other league executives who have not been contacted by the Suns said that they have heard Phoenix is looking into the possibility.
The Suns could be more open to the sign-and-trade idea because of the real possibility that Bledsoe will become an unrestricted free agent in July if he returns for a season on a $3.73 million qualifying offer. The Suns could still trade Bledsoe during the season until the Feb. 19 deadline but Bledsoe would have the right of refusal on deals.
The former Kentucky Wildcats guard is still talking with the Phoenix Suns, but they don’t want to give him a max deal. Last year, Bledsoe broke his previous career highs in points (17.7), assists (5.5), rebounds (4.7) and field-goal percentage (47.7).
Only three other players posted at least 17 points, five assists, four assists and 47 percent shooting, all three of them All-Star starters: Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Stephen Curry.
That shows why Bledsoe wants a max deal, but to this point, the Suns have been unwilling to give him that, and no other team has made him an offer.
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