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Report: Suns working on contract extension with Eric Bledsoe

Oct 24, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson AP

Phoenix is rebuilding — and completely “riggin’ for Wiggins” — but over the summer they went and got one cornerstone piece. Eric Bledsoe was one of the big trade chips on the market last year and the Suns got him as the point guard of the future (they sent Jared Dudley to the Clippers in a deal that should be a win for both sides).

Now the Suns are trying to lock Bledsoe up.

The Suns have until Halloween to lock Bledsoe up to a contract extension (if not he becomes a restricted free agent next summer) and they are trying to, reports arizonasports.com.

Nonetheless, general manager Ryan McDonough, while on Arizona Sports 620’s Burns & Gambo show Wednesday, agreed that Bledsoe does figure into the team’s long-term plans. McDonough said contract talks with the fourth-year player have gone “pretty well” to this point.

“If we’re not able to work out a deal (by Oct. 31), we would start next summer with Eric as a restricted free agent, but obviously we’re hoping to get something done before that,” the general manager said.

We’ll see if they can reach a deal. Bledsoe wants an eight-figure salary — and given the importance of the point guard that’s not unreasonable. The Suns could ultimately let the market set his price next summer then just match it, but that comes with the risk of unhappy players (see: Eric Gordon). Better to just lock him up.

Bledsoe should put up good numbers this season. New coach Jeff Hornacek wants to run and with Bledsoe and Goran Dragic in transition their should be opportunities. We’ll see this year how Bledsoe does with more minutes, having to guard bigger players (he’ll be at the two guard a lot) and how well he works off the ball. Can he distribute and lead, not just score?

There are questions, but not ones serious enough to keep the Suns from trying to get a number done.

  1. redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Eric Bledsoe a cornerstone? (winces)

    Unless a PG or SG has some really game changing ability, there are a lot of PG’s available routinely through the draft. Wall, etc.

    I think Indiana the Jazz and other small market teams like OKC and the Grizzlies have been building the right (old-fashioned) way. Get the big guys first and fill in.

    Guards will always be available….Phoenix should have learned this lesson by now.

    • ryanrockzzz - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      The use of “cornerstone” is poor selection by the poster. That makes me think Lebron, Kobe etc.

      Bledsoe’s starts last year showed an average of 14ppg/4.8 Rebounds/5 Assists/2.5 Steals and over a block per game. On a tanking team, with a chance to play 35 min + this year, it should be a great experience for Bledsoe to prove he belongs as an above average player.

      I would argue he certainly has the potential toaverage around 17-18 ppg per game, and stuff the secondary stat sheet, which would put him as a great piece for any franchise.

      I agree that building with the big’s is a good way to go, but it’s all about just getting the best players available. This year’s draft had awful bigs, so why not get a solid piece like Bledsoe in the mean time?

      • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        @ryanrockzzz – I agree with everything you said up to the last paragraph. This year’s draft there is going to be some real quality bigs available, and an overall wealth of talent. Any team in the lottery this year is probably going to get a good to excellent player. So if I’m not in the playoffs this year, I’m going to get as many draft picks as I can for this years draft any way possible.

        So if I were the Suns, I’d go the Philly route and just tank it this year. I think at best Bledsoe is what you said….a 17-18ppg guy for a couple of years. Maybe makes the All Star game once or twice. At best. Certainly not a franchise cornerstone.

    • mickdamill - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      How many talented big men are there to choose from and how many would want to go to the Suns without a person to relieve some to the offensive pressure from them? It’s foolish to think Bledsoe doesnt have game changing ability with the right supporting cast.

      • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        @mickdamill – Really? Your perspective. I think it’s foolish that you think so highly of him.

        My point wasn’t that the Suns should somehow have a big man fall out of the sky. My point is that the subject of this article (Eric Bledsoe being a cornerstone for a franchise) is seriously flawed, and the Suns are better off using Bledsoe to get other pieces, be bad a year, and be in prime position for the best draft lottery in recent memory.

  2. crownmethegoat - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I can’t wait to see Bledsoe have his own stage to perform on, expect a James Harden-esque breakout, he is that talented.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 24, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Yeah, ‘mini-LeBron’ definitely has something. We’ll see if he can put it all together.

  3. stephenolszewski - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Bledsoe has so much talent just hope he puts it together, perfect guy to lead a run and gun offense. His quickness and athleticism should be fun to watch for Phoenix just hope they build the right way.

  4. spyder9669 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I laugh everytime I hear that the Suns are tanking for Wiggins. If that’s the case, they might not want to be 4th in the west in PPG, 4th in PPG allowed, and 1st in point differential. All of which they were in the preseason. Bledsoe consistently put up 18pts, 7 ast, 5 rebs, 3 stls. Playing what 25 minutes a game? Dragic put up terrific shooting numbers playing next to him and as usual solid on defense. Remember this post. Write it down. Take a picture. Not only will the Suns not come close to Wiggins, they will at least grab the 8th seed. They are currently easily ahead of Utah, Denver, Sacramento, Lakers (yes the Lakers they are not good), Portland and probably New Orleans who hasn’t proven anything despite the hype. Dallas is regressing and getting old as well. So if the talking heads would actually put some thought and substance behind the crap they spew, its pretty clear to me that the Suns are turning it around FAST, and will be nowhere near “Riggin for Wiggins”

  5. 00maltliquor - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Is this your first year watching basketball? Preseason doesn’t mean jack-____.

    PHX 13-15th seed (I got them at 14). Write it down, take a picture.

    • bougin89 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Right? Who uses preseason stats when most teams(especially veteran players) are getting more rest than they are giving actual effort.

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