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Report: Suns’ Eric Bledsoe out indefinitely, needs knee surgery

Jan 9, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

Eric Bledsoe, Reggie Jackson AP

And the stars just keep on falling in the NBA.

Eric Bledsoe, the scoring guard who is at the heart of the Phoenix Suns being the biggest surprise in the NBA, is out indefinitely and needs knee surgery, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, one of the leading contenders for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, is out indefinitely after the team determined that Bledsoe needs a surgical procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that the exact scope and severity of the injury will not be known until Bledsoe is in a surgeon’s care, but he is suspected to have suffered meniscus damage in his Dec. 30 return to Los Angeles to face the Clippers.

Bledsoe had been out the Suns’ last four games due to what the team had called a sprained knee.

This season he has averaged 18 points a game along with dishing out 5.8 assists a night, and he’s hitting 35 percent from three. He has a PER of 20.2, which is borderline All-Star level.

Before the season the Suns were expected to be part of “Tankapalooza 2014” that is the NBA’s hot trend, but thanks to Bledsoe — and how he paired with Goran Dragic in the backcourt — plus the coaching of Jeff Hornacek the Suns are 21-13 and the seven seed in the West.

Without Bledsoe for an extended period it’s a legitimate question if they can hold on to a playoff spot in the West. Currently they are four games ahead of the ninth seed (Denver Nuggets) but there is a lot of season left and teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves will make a run.

The bigger question for the Suns could come this summer.

If Bledsoe misses extended time what would the Suns do if another team comes at the restricted free agent Bledsoe with a max or very large offer? Not long ago the Suns GM said they would match any offer for Bledsoe, and while publically they will continue to say the same thing you have to wonder if their internal calculations will changed based on what the surgeon finds.

Bottom line, this is another big blow to the NBA where its best players seem to be particularly struck by injuries this season.

  1. abchome - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    It’s sad…Hopefully he will be back healthy soon.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      is the GM still going to sign him to a max deal?

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Yes. He gave one to Eric The Injury Machine Gordon, why not his golden boy Bledsoe.

      • thekingdave - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        Ryan McDonough wasn’t the GM of the Suns or even a team employee when they offered Gordon a max deal, but why let facts get in the way of these kind of things?

  2. imthedudedude - Jan 9, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Going to be tough, but this team can step up and still play well. Frye, Green, and the Morris twins will need to be the main guys to pickup points and hit their shots.

  3. jkaflagg - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Awful news…Bledsoe did his time with the Clips and was fortunate to be presented with a great opportunity to expand his game in Phoenix…Hope his surgery and rehab goes well.

  4. shanelsweet - Jan 9, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    As I recall, the Suns GM said he would match any “reasonable” offer. That’s not nearly the same thing.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Of course some posturing has to take place. Once some thief of a team tries to pluck him for max the Suns will cave like a Mexican mud hut built on a fault line.

      • unfly - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        ‘Mexican mud hut’? What’s that supposed to mean?

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Christ, really? I broke down to the simplest form of what an adobe is, I don’t know how much clearer I can be.

        http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_name_of_type_of_mud_hut_common_in_Mexico_and_southwestern_US

  5. spyder9669 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    gosh I love bledsoe….but no max deal for him now. we are very good right now and dragic is doing the job. Keep the money and throw everything at Lebron and trade the 1st round picks all 3 that we will actually have to minny for Love.

    Dragic
    Green
    Plumlee
    Lebron
    Love

    bench:

    morris twins
    Len
    goodwin
    frye

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      That’d be super dope if LeBron went to PHX, but it would never happen. Sorry.

  6. cltcsfan33 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Spyder, that will never happen. Ever. But cool idea

  7. delusionalcardsfan - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Fukkin caca bears. 😕

  8. spyder9669 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    But, reality is that it can happen…..without signing bledsoe, we dump okafor, and have money to sign 2 max free agents. Lebron isn’t dumb he can see that we are very close to title contender compared to other teams that have the space to sign him. Trading for love would seal the deal. no question.

  9. maracineanu16 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Not a Suns’ fan, but I really hate to these things happening. Get well, Eric

  10. ryanrockzzz - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Once again, show that the NBA season is too long. More players (and good ones) are still likely to get injured.

  11. ufools - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Haha….Spyder is in dreamland. First off, Suns are nowhere near contending. You guys are winning some games because you were so horrible last year….nobody has taken them seriously so the Suns are stealing games. That’s it. Second…you really think that Lebron will move from Miami to Phoenix?!? Puhlease. He’s either headed to a large market, the Cavs or staying in Southbeach.

    Personally, I think he stays. if he does move, it will back to the Cavs, Lakers or Knicks. That order.

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