Eric Bledsoe wants the Phoenix Suns to show him the money…well, more than they already have.
The high-scoring point guard, and easily one of the best free agents left, reportedly turned down a four-year, $48 million offer from the Suns, asking the franchise for a max deal of $80 million over five years instead.
Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds in the Suns’ high-scoring offense this past season.
However, the Suns pulling off a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings for Isaiah Thomas last week and drafting Tyler Ennis before that gives Phoenix two point guards, perhaps spelling that Bledsoe is expendable. Thomas, in particular, should excel in the Suns’ high-powered offense, having averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists with the Kings last season.
In addition, the Suns seem to have a brand new scorer to look to in rookie small forward T.J. Warren, who has been tearing up the competition in NBA Summer League action.
While Bledsoe, 24, might have demanded his way out of Phoenix by turning down its solid offer, the Suns haven’t publicly discussed any possible trading opportunities for the fourth-year point guard out of Kentucky.
However, the Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, and Houston Rockets can all be potential suitors, according to a report. With the Rockets recently trading Jeremy Lin, they can use a point guard.
Warning, though: As exciting and explosive a player as Bledsoe can be, he comes equipped with durability issues. Bledsoe only played 43 games last season, battling various injuries.