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Suns will try to reach deal with Eric Bledsoe early in July, not just wait to match offers

Jun 16, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

Eric Bledsoe AP

How much would you pay restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe this summer? Max money? Close to it?

He’s just 24 and played at a near All-Star level in Phoenix last season — 17.7 points with a .578 true shooting percentage, plus 5.3 assists a game with a 19.6 PER — in the 43 games he played. He is a difference maker and can be a big part of the future… if he can stay healthy.

There are a number of teams willing to take that risk, to offer him a healthy contract and see if he can stay on the court.

The Suns want to keep him and beat the other teams to the punch, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic.

The Suns hope to negotiate a deal with Tucker and restricted free-agent teammate Eric Bledsoe in the first few days of July.

“We’ll try to do that as soon as possible and not let it get to the point where you’d have to get an offer and we’d match it,” Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said.

Unless that offer blows me away, and I mean max or close to it, if I’m Bledsoe and his agent I wait a little bit to see what other offers come in, what other teams are willing to bid. Teams that miss out on their first target sometimes become desperate and spend bigger than they intended on target No. 2 just to be sure not to miss.

The Suns have said they will match any offer. Of course, that’s what you say until that offer is on the table (for an example, look at he Knicks and Jeremy Lin).

Whatever happens, Bledsoe is going to be a wealthy man come the start of next season.

  1. rrhoe - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Good player,yeah,worth the max,NO.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Lebron really wants Bledsoe with him in Miami. If he wasbtva restricted free agent that’s where he’d go

  2. dondada10 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    How did Eric Gordon’s contract work out?

    • loubearkane - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Great for Gordon

  3. yesser12 - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    He is $10 to 11 million.

  4. cluelessdufus - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    He is good player who has the potential to be a great point guard, but just like dondada10 said above look at Eric Gordon, great young slashing guard, got a huge contract, rarely gets on the court. You gotta be careful with these players contracts. I mean look at Amare, he opt in for 23 million and he has bad knees. Bledsoe deserves to get paid, but with insured contract requirements.

  5. mackcarrington - Jun 16, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    To answer the first question in the article, Close to it.

  6. loubearkane - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    If he was 6’4 or taller then worth a max deal.
    With being restricted some team will offer the Max and the Suns will be forced to match they should look to see if there is anything available in Sign & Trade lane like Greg Monroe

    Too many damn players think they are worth max

  7. loubearkane - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Year Team MPG%FG%3P% FT% RPG APGSPG BPG PPG
    2010–11 L.A. Clippers 81 25 22.7 .424 .276 .744 2.8 3.6 1.1 .3 6.7
    2011–12 L.A. Clippers 40 1 11.6 .389 .200 .636 1.6 1.6 .8 .4 3.3
    2012–13 L.A. Clippers 76 12 20.4 .445 .397 .791 3.0 3.1 1.4 .7 8.5
    2013–14 Phoenix Suns 43 39 32.9 .477 .357 .772 4.7 5.5 1.6 .3 17.7
    Career 240 77 22.0 .445 .327 759 3.0 3.4 1.3 .5 8.7

    THAT DON’T LOOK LIKE A MAX PLAYER

  8. imthedudedude - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Hey ss3walkman, why not bring the King to the valley of the sun?!? Beautiful weather beautiful people. Make it happen guys

  9. bhunter1995 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I think he will get a three year deal for about 10-12 mil per year with a team option year on the back end for 13-15 million as an incentive for increased production.

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