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Eric Bledsoe | Guard

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 199
College: Kentucky
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The Suns and restricted FA Eric Bledsoe have shown "no signs of [contract] talks or a sign-and-trade."
Bledsoe turned down the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer in the hopes of landing a max deal, but no team would commit that much guaranteed cash to a player with 78 career starts and two right knee surgeries. He has until Oct. 1 to negotiate a deal or accept a one-year qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted FA next summer. Sep 16 - 3:48 PM

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Eric Bledsoe worked out with LeBron James on Friday.

LeBron said Bledsoe is going to be an all-star "in no time" on his Instagram post. Bledsoe is now the only restricted free agent left on the market, and there has been very little communication between him and the Suns. There was a report that Bledsoe will sign a qualifying offer, but nothing is official yet.
Sep 5 - 7:13 PM

The lack of communication between the Suns front office and Eric Bledsoe has lasted nearly six months.

He is still not signed and multiple reports suggest he's looking like he'll sign a qualifying offer for $3.7 million. Bledsoe would be able to request a team of his choosing, and perhaps this prolonged time apart explains why the Suns signed Isaiah Thomas. The former Clipper seems like he won't be with the Suns beyond the 2014-15 season.
Sep 5 - 1:27 PM

The Suns reportedly reached out to the Timberwolves on Thursday to gauge Minnesota's interest in conducting a sign-and-trade involving Kevin Love and Eric Bledsoe.

The report by Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN states that the three-team deal involving the 76ers, Cavs, and Wolves remains intact, and is expected to be completed by Saturday. This is clearly a desperation move by the Suns as relations with their restricted free agent Bledsoe have been strained, but you can't fault the organization for trying. Bledsoe rejected the Suns initial four-year, $48 million offer, and he may elect to pick up his one-year qualifying offer of $3.7 million in order to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. A sign-and-trade involving Love and Bledsoe does not seem likely.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 5:34 PM

Eric Bledsoe and the Suns remain at a standstill, with the only new development being that the Suns are listening to offers for a sign-and-trade.

Working out a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe will be difficult for a number of reasons. One, we are in a golden age of point guards, so not many teams around the league necessarily need an upgrade at the position. Two, Bledsoe is seeking a five-year, $80 million max-deal and the jury is still out on whether Bledsoe is worth that kind of money. Three, if no deal gets done this season, Bledsoe will be an unrestricted free agent next year, so there's not too much urgency to sign him now. Bledsoe was very impressive during the 2013-14 season, however, he only made it through 43 games, and GMs may want to wait-and-see if Bledsoe deserves to be tagged with the "injury prone" label. Bledsoe has until October 1 to accept either the Suns' qualifying offer, or the Suns' initial four-year, $48 million offer. Stay tuned.
Aug 22 - 3:09 PM

The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, according to Jude LaCava of FOX Phoenix.

"The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe," LaCava said. "That’s the new chapter to this and I wouldn’t back off of that information. I think it’s 100 percent correct." Things obviously aren't great with the Suns and Bledsoe, so it's not a surprise to hear they are looking to deal him. It doesn't look like this story will end any time soon.
Aug 20 - 3:44 PM

The relationship between the Suns and restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe has "soured," according to USA Today.

The report adds that Bledsoe is "strongly" considering signing the Suns' qualifying offer of $3.7 million. There's no doubt that Bledsoe has looked great on the court as the starter, but the small sample size and two meniscus tears have kept the Suns from offering him a max deal. The team has reportedly offered him a four-year, $48 million deal, but it would appear he'll just take the qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Source: USA Today
Aug 12 - 7:33 PM

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver said the team still wants to sign Eric Bledsoe to a long-term deal.

Bledsoe has yet to receive the max offer he's seeking from the Suns or another team and is facing limited options with training camp just around the corner. "We value Eric as a player," Sarver said. "I hope at some point we'll be able to sit down and meet with those guys and make a deal." If Bledsoe doesn't want to sign the four-year, $48 million offer from the Suns that is on the table, he could sign a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer by October 1 that would make him an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Aug 12 - 9:54 AM

Four anonymous NBA executives told The Arizona Republic that they don't think Eric Bledsoe deserves a maximum contract right now.

The restricted free agent has turned down a four-year, $48 million offer from the Suns in the hopes of landing a max deal with the Suns or another team. "He expected way too much," one executive said. "I'd love to have him, but he's not a max player. All it takes is one team, but one team hasn't made him an offer sheet." Absent of an offer from another team, the Suns hold most of the cards here so there's a good chance we see Bledsoe back in a Suns uniform for the 2014-15 season.
Aug 5 - 10:54 AM

Suns owner Robert Sarver said the team's offer to Eric Bledsoe is a fair offer.

"I mean some would say it's maybe a little high; some would say it's low," Sarver said. "What's fair is important to us, and also important to him -- him and his agent. It's not necessarily us to determine what he thinks is fair; it's him to determine that." The Suns and Bledsoe do not seem to be close on a deal, but something has to happen here.
Aug 2 - 11:29 AM

The Suns' relationship with restricted FA Eric Bledsoe is "on the verge of [being] irreparable," according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.

Bledsoe said last week that the Suns were using the rules of restricted free agency against him by scaring off other teams and lowering his market value. Bledsoe wants a max five-year contract but the Suns haven't offered him more than $48 million over four years, and their ability to match any offer sheet has dissuaded other teams from tying up their finances with a lucrative offer sheet. This may still have a happy ending, and ultimately the Suns can keep him whether or not he wants to stay in Phoenix.
Source: CSNNW.com
Jul 29 - 6:44 PM

Eric Bledsoe said the Suns are using rules against him in an interview with FOX Birmingham.

It's a surprise that we're almost in August and Bledsoe hasn't come to terms or even signed an offer sheet with another team. While there isn't much of a body of work for Bledsoe, he still looks like a max-type guy based on the offers to Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward. There should be some progress in the next couple days or so.
Jul 26 - 4:26 PM

The Phoenix Suns expect restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe to be part of the team when the 2014-15 season begins.

While the Suns haven't been able to find middle ground with Bledsoe and his representatives, the 24-year-old hasn't signed an offer sheet with another team either. Bledsoe could ultimately decide to accept his $3.7 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but the Suns are envisioning a three-headed backcourt monster of Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, and Bledsoe that would make fantasy owners salivate. "We expect Goran and Eric and Isaiah to be pushing the ball up the court like they did last year," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Jul 22 - 9:49 AM

Bledsoe is seeking a 5-year $80 million max deal from the Suns, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Broussard also reports that the Suns offered Bledsoe a 4-year, $48 million deal. The two sides are very far apart in negotiations and it appears a strong offer sheet for the restricted free agent may be enough to steal him away from Phoenix. The team recently signed Isaiah Thomas to a long-term deal, so a Bledsoe departure would not come as a shock.
Jul 17 - 6:47 PM

Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns are still far apart in contract talks, according to sources close to the situation.

While the Suns' promise to match any offers on the 24-year-old has scared some teams off, there is growing belief that Phoenix may move on from Bledsoe after acquiring Isaiah Thomas. Bledsoe is reportedly looking for a max contract after averaging 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game during the 2013-14 season and will be one of the better fantasy point guards options in 2014-15 regardless of where he lands.
Source: ESPN
Jul 17 - 12:55 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Goran Dragic
2Isaiah Thomas
3Tyler Ennis
4Archie Goodwin
SG1Eric Bledsoe
SF1P.J. Tucker
2Gerald Green
3T.J. Warren
PF1Markieff Morris
2Marcus Morris
3Anthony Tolliver
4Shavlik Randolph
C1Miles Plumlee
2Alex Len
3Alec Brown