Eric Bledsoe, Suns Still Far Apart

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By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine The future of one of the most talented free agents left on the market remains cloudy, as Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns remain far apart in contract talks, according to sources close to the situation. The Suns have offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million contract, but the point guard wants a maximum five-year, $80 million deal, league sources said. A restricted free agent, Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds last season. The thought that the Suns will match any offer Bledsoe receives from a competing club has deterred teams from aggressively pursuing the....

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Like I've said, JJ Redick >>>> No Bledsoe.

There was absolutely no way in hell we could've kept Bledsoe.

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Agreed. I think trades don't always net you the players you would like, but in situations like ours we got something in return, and if Dudley can be traded for a good player then at least he served as a trade chip so potentially we got Redick and a possible expiring contract in Dudley next year. Oh what fun to see what we can turn Jared Dudley into next year lol

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He has significant sign and trade value also though, so... It would have been better to keep him.

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I'm happy with the JJ part of the trade, I think he improved our offense in many ways. Just wish that Duds was actually a starting-caliber SF. If he was I wouldn't miss Bled much at all.

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I hope Eric do not goes to the Lakers. Right now, Lakers have assets to pull off trade like that.

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I'm hearing it's for Randle, Hill & 1st rd pick. But the 2 teams are still talking. We'll see!

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Looks like Bledsoe and the suns talks are getting worse they can't seem to to negotiate anything both sides like. I just read on hoopsrumors

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i love it (sarcastic) that a player does good for one year off the bench believes he's a starter and leaves then has a 60/40% injury ratio and starts all kinds of demands..... SMH

whateva.... just like Gordon glad this type of player (attitude) is gone from the clips..... don't need drama queens......

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EB will remain with the Suns. Accepting the Qualifying offer.

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Is this your opinion or you read it some where? if so, source please....

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its been reported 2 to 3 days ago. Its on the net.

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this was posted a day ago.... seems like they have not reached an agreement yet Quite literally, they'll have to give Bledsoe a lot of money. It just remains to be seen how much, since his market value and worth to the Suns are still very much up in the air.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2152846-how-much-money-is-eric-bled soe-worth-to-phoenix-suns-future Posted 19hrs ago... still no agreement yet Presumably the Suns believed their four-year, $48 million dollar offer to Bledsoe would be enough to get the young guard to sign on the dotted line. However, the former Kentucky Wildcat hasn't taken too kindly to such an offer and believes he's being low-balled. Not....

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dude. Eb won't take a contract from suns but took their qualifying offer. I get my info sports writers. Just for you. To see it in writing. You can go to any arizona paper websites or dime magazine. It was done days ago.

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thanx for the non-source (go and look for it I swear it's there - lol)

no worries.... i'll wait to see the final report....

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its listed here. Lol. Hoopshype.com/salaries/Phoenix.htm wink

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yes you were so NOT right.... now they are talking about a trade.

Rumor: Suns to trade Bledsoe

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you need eyeglasses or something. Early August EB has accepted the Suns 1 years QO. August 20th reports NOW say the Suns discussing a trade. Meaning they don't want him now. I'm still from RIGHT from early August. Anything can change from my last post. And just because they are discussing doesn't mean he's going anywhere. He could possibility still stay. Peace! Realbull17 Out! Lol. wink

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buahahahahahahaha you're a joking right? either way it's been fun discussing this topic with you...

lets see what happens within the next few weeks.....

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Bledsoe has not "accepted" the Suns' qualifying offer... because he doesn't have to yet. He is still fishing around for better options even though they appear to be drying up.

Either he can accept the 4/48 deal the Suns have offered - or he can sign an offer sheet with any other team that is worth more than the QO (and common sense dictates that it should be more than $12million per year, because obviously the Suns are willing to match that). Offer sheets also have to be for at least two years.

If the Suns match his offer sheet, he's stuck there. If not, he can go to the other team. If he doesn't sign either the 4/48 OR an offer sheet, the QO expires on October 1st, but he is still restricted until he can become a UFA next July, so the Suns can still match any other team's offer for the whole of the upcoming season... it's essentially: "find a better offer, play for us or don't play at all".

http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q44

The issue is that he thinks he's a max player, but nobody has been willing to offer him a dime more than the Suns have. If he's smart, he'll take the 4/48. It's guaranteed money for a guy who has a history of injuries. If he misses any significant amount of games this year, his value will plummet. Plus, there are much bigger names that teams will be throwing their cap money at next summer before they even look at Bled.

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bottom line is that Bledsoe is not a max contract player (or yet). I just wonder where his confidence is from..

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Bledsoe is incredibly delusional and imposing respect for him. It's sad I didn't peg him for this behavior. The suns offer was more than fair, considering his injury history. He is not an elite scorer or an elite restricted. He's an elite, defensive minded athlete. Not a great point. Is this him or his agent? He needs new representation. Relieved he isn't our problem.

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^ I may be mistaken, but I think he's repped by LeBron's crew.

Personally, I was hoping the lakers would try to buy the pot. It would break my heart a little to see him in the purple and piss, but if they'd have been stupid enough to overbid, it would have been worth it for us.

I like the kid, but he's in Klay Thompson territory of being among the most overrated players in the NBA.

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