Eric Bledose is one of the most dynamic guards left on the free agent market, and it looks like contract talks between him and the Phoenix Suns have broken down, according to ESPN.com’s Chris Broussard.
Sources: Suns offered Eric Bledsoe 4-year, $48 million contract. Bledsoe wants max of 5 years, $80 million. Sides far apart
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 17, 2014
Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and in his first season in Phoenix he averaged 17.7 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.7 rpg and 1.6 steals.
The Suns completed a sign and trade for Isaiah Thomas as well as drafting a point guard, Tyler Ennis, so Phoenix has a lot of guards on the roster. They do not feel the need to offer Bledsoe a max deal.
Daryl Morey is known to be aggressive so the Rockets could emerge as a favored suitor for the point guard. The Rockets have been looking to make a splash all summer and with a point guard hole to fill, Eric Bledose would make the most sense.
Although Patrick Beverley started in the majority of the games last year, if the Rockets sign Eric Bledsoe, Beverley would most likely be moved to the sixth man role. This would only add to the depth of the roster.
Eric Bledsoe going to the Rockets would most likely have to be a sign and trade, since the Suns could match any offer the Rockets are able to send Bledsoe’s way. The Rockets do have some young talent available to offer the Suns, if in fact the two sides engage in sign and trade talks.
Although Eric Bledsoe isn’t the superstar Rockets fans were looking for this off-season, Bledsoe could be a great addition to the team.
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