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Report: ‘Looking like’ Eric Bledsoe will take Suns’ qualifying offer

Aug 5, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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Eric Bledsoe expressed dissatisfaction. Then, someone in his camp took the rhetoric to a whole other level.

Meanwhile, Suns owner Robert Sarver maintains Phoenix’s contract offerreportedly worth $48 million over four years – is fair.

Safe to say, Bledsoe’s restricted free agency is not moving toward a resolution.

But how far apart are he and the Suns? Would Bledsoe really accept his one-year, $3,726,966 qualifying offer?

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

It’s in Bledsoe’s best interest to make the Suns believe he’ll accept the qualifying offer. They don’t want him to take it.

For one, they couldn’t trade him without his consent next season. After that, he’d become an unrestricted free agent.

If Bledsoe takes the qualifying offer, Phoenix faces far too high odds of losing a talented young player for no return. That’s really the Suns only incentive to increase their contract offer to Bledsoe.

For Bledsoe, the risk of taking the qualifying offer is huge – but so is the reward. He could excel this season and get a max contract next summer. Or he could get hurt and make far less than Phoenix has offered.

It’s much easier for Bledsoe to talk about signing the qualifying offer than to actually sign the qualifying offer. Maybe he’s serious about that option, or maybe someone from his camp has just convinced Broussard the possibility is real.

I actually think Bledsoe’s true value in a vacuum is higher than $48 million over four years, but in reality, the Suns have all the leverage. Bledsoe can talk all he wants about signing the qualifying offer until Oct. 1, when it expires. If it expires, Bledsoe would remain a restricted free agent. He just wouldn’t have that standing contract offer. So, something should break before then.

I think it should be Bledsoe. For his part, the situation stinks, but $48 million is so much more than $3.7 million. It’s unwise to pass up that much money on the chance for more, especially for a player with Bledsoe’s injury history.

When push comes to shove, Bledsoe should take the Suns’ $48 million offer. Until then, he can posture about the qualifying offer.

And maybe he’s serious about accepting that smaller one-year deal. But it’s really hard to believe he means business about that option until he actually signs it.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Shocker.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      It will be a shock if he ends up taking the qualifying offer.

  2. money2long - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Haha. I’ve been saying he should take the qualifier since day one.
    If you believe in yourself, prove it.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      He isn’t going to take the qualifying offer.

      • mackcarrington - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Do you have any statistics to back that up?

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        LOL @ mackcarrington

        sportsfan18, what you doing man? That post is waaaay too short for you. Ramp it up to another 25,000 characters will ya? A 1 eight word sentence just isn’t quite you.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        malt

        I replied with stats but my post isn’t visible.

        i was very nice and polite too

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        @ sportsfan18

        Hey I’m curious, you post a lot of long comments…how many of them get blocked on average a week? Serious question. 90% of the time I do HALF of what you do I get blocked. Sometimes I don’t know how yours makes it through!

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        @ malt

        3 to 5 a week or so but I must say I’ve never counted or kept track.

        my reply with stats wasn’t long, there are several posts from others in this thread that are longer than what I just had not show up so that is not it.

        one post below has almost double the amount of words of the one of mine that isn’t visible

        no swear words either. i just played along friendly with mack and provided some stats when he asked me if i did

    • bkbell3 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      mackcarrington, The stats sat that almost no one coming off their rookie contract doesn’t take their first big pay day. With his limited time starting and the signing of Isaiah thomas and his injury history 12mil is actually overpaying for him. Their back court is loaded and the market has spoken on his value. He is nuts if he doesn’t take the 48mil. I’m wondering if he can get a player option in the third or fourth year?

  3. jasper36 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    The Suns have every single bit of leverage here. They have Isaiah Thomas and Goran Dragic as there guards, just in case Bledsoe takes the qualifying offer. And bolts else where next season. I don’t think the Suns care one way, or the other. Which is why they offered him the 48 million it’s a good deal for them, and a more than fair offer for Bledsoe.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      a team never wants to lose a player for nothing, especially a good player

      so they do care.

      how much we’ll see.

      i’d be surprised if they raised their offer though.

      i mean the owner has already come out and said their offer was fair.

      • jasper36 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        Teams lose players all of the time for nothing, and in the Suns situation I don’t think that will be the case. Because they signed Thomas, if Bledsoe leaves so be it, the 48 million offer has already been presented to him. The ball is in his court, and in the end I think the outcome will still be in the Suns favor. The market failed Bledsoe not the Suns, because if he is as good as he thinks he is, then someone would have made him an offer greater than what the Suns are presenting him with, by now.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        @ jasper

        you’re right sir, teams do lose players without anything in return.

        but teams do not WANT to lose young, promising players for nothing. sometimes they do but they don’t WANT to.

        one thing to lose a 34 yr old who plays 12 min’s a game.

        this kid isn’t a superstar I know, but at 24 yrs old and with his game, they’d much prefer to get something from him if they need to go their separate ways.

        for the right price (not what this kid wants) a lot of teams would like him and due to that the Suns would like something in return vs. simply letting him walk for nothing

  4. csbanter - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    This Bledsoe is dumb cat ! He’s not worth $48 mil, can’t stay on the court without injury. The Suns should stick with their guns if he doesn’t want the money they have more than enough guards on the roster to make up for his production. Smh at fools. He wouldn’t make 6 figures or even get a decent job with a college degree today, what is wrong with some nba players.

  5. nflcrimerankingscom - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Mistake.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      he hasn’t signed it yet

      tis part of his negotiation to threaten to

  6. boltsup - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Good… Makes free agency that much deeper for next yr with my Lakers…. Lakers could have went after him but Phoenix would’ve matched… If he stays on the court and becomes “Baby Bron” who knows what the Lakers might throw at him… I’m still mad we didn’t trade Dwight to the clippers for Bledsoe-Blake when that come about

    • therealhtj - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      That deal was never happening.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Oh boy. My first reaction was Trade. If he won’t commit long term and now that they’ve signed Isaiah Thomas then surely he’d be tradebait next season. But I guess they can’t trade him. Might turn out to be a bad move for Phoenix.

    • jasper36 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      So it’s a bad thing to save 48 million dollars?

  8. angulocarlos1 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Bledsoe’s agent and inner circle has inflated his ego and has made him think he’s worth more than his true value, he has yet to prove his can stay healthy a full season as a starter

    • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      The more Bledsoe makes, the more his agent gets and the more his posse gets.

      Do they still use the word “posse”?

      • rrhoe - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        Entourage…….

    • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Phoenix is being infuriatingly short sighted.

      Him asking for the max isn’t that crazy. Now there’s a rift between him and Phoenix management. Refusing to negotiate the price a little bit is very ignorant and short sighted. If he signs for only one year he’s probably gone next season because he’s fed up with Phoenix. We should have tried to get him for as many years as possible even if that means negotiating. Try to up the offer a little bit! At least go up to $13 or $14 million. Getting him signed long term should be priority over saving a few million so we can overpay role players and bench players.

      Bledsoe healed 100% from his knee injury, which was less serious than Westbrook’s. He doesn’t have reoccurring injuries like Steph had with his ankles…its not grab as much guaranteed because you have a chronic injury to worry about.

      The cap is increasing every single year! If we decide to sign him to a 1 year deal he’s probably gone next season AND he’s getting the max.

      • therealhtj - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Phoenix just doing what it always does.

  9. ravenswhat - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Rich Paul is really giving his clients some god awful advice. It’s truly amazing this guy is an agent.

    • therealhtj - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Being in Lebron’s “Yes Circle” has its benefits.

  10. vols84 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Good for Phoenix. They have plenty of options in the back court and I am impressed they aren’t blinking in this game of poker.

  11. 1friendofthepeople - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    1 year deal is brilliant. It should be noted that Bledsoe does not have reoccurring injuries. He’s gotten 2 different injuries. In his 4 years in the league.

    He came back 100% from his knee injury, which was less serious than Westbrook’s.

    Curry’s situation was different he had REOCCURING injuries to his ankles, he needed to get as much guaranteed as possible. Bledsoe doesn’t have that problem.

    Bledsoe had a higher PER than former teammate John Wall, and John Wall was getting frequent praise for his improvement this past season, and he’s already a max player. If Bledsoe proves he’s healthy to the rest of the world he’s getting max money next season.

    • rrhoe - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      Not gone happen(getting max money),you heard it hear first,John Wall is the face of a franchise,the franchise that drafted him at that,so for WASH he was their own investment. In Bledsoe’s case,he was traded to PHX before his rookie deal was up with the Clippers,who does that but a franchise that may see a problem down the road(and get what you can in return) that maybe they didn’t want to deal with. He was not gonna unseat CP3 but they sure could’ve used him,but I had read stories that Bledsoe was already on this max contract kick while with the Clippers. No matter how this plays out,if he leaves PHX,his next contract can be no longer than 4yrs,the only way he gets 5 yrs is unless it is with who: PHX………..

      • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        I don’t understand your point. Your saying because he isn’t the face of the franchise he shouldn’t get more money? If he signs for $12 million per he’s locked into that for the next four seasons.

  12. fnc111 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    This kid is an idiot or getting bad advice. He’s not worth 50+.

  13. pukpokito - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    HE WANTS TO BE TRADED. He doesn’t want to be back in Phoenix. BUT he wants a sign and trade somewhere. Phoenix’s mistake here was having too many point guards. It just does not make sense. Bledsoe wanted to be THE point guard of this team and get him a back up. all the point guards are starters..

  14. 1friendofthepeople - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    I don’t understand applauding Phoenix for not negotiating. Phoenix’s has created its own catch 22:

    Phoenix is refusing to budge one bit on their offer because there are questions about Bledsoe’s possible injury problems…the Suns should be ecstatic if Bledsoe is healthy, they should be glad that the two injuries in four seasons were a fluke, it should be awesome!…ironically, Bledsoe being 100% possibly creates Phoenix’s absolute worst case scenario.

    If he is 100% he really could sign the 1 year offer. He had two DIFFERENT injuries in 2/4 seasons and has reportedly recovered completely from those injuries. By not negotiating Phoenix had created a rift. If he signs that one year offer he has a no trade clause so he probably walks after the season and Phoenix gets nothing.

    By not negotiating Phoenix has invited disaster. It makes no sense.

    • sunsbolts7 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:40 AM

      Get your facts straight! If you actually read all of what Robert Sarver said, you’d see that Phoenix is willing to negotiate. The problem isn’t Phoenix. The problem is that Bledsoe thinks that playing starter minutes for half a season is enough to deserve a max contract. He’s mad cuz his sorry excuse for an agent talked up a max contract all offseason. But when the time came, nobody offered him one.

      • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:14 AM

        Are you dense?

        Phoenix hasn’t upped their offer!

        Bledsoe can take 4/$48 million or sign a 1 year qualifying offer for $3.7 million and then walk at the end of the season.

        Nothing in that entire article says the Suns have upped their original offer.

      • 1friendofthepeople - Aug 6, 2014 at 6:24 AM

        An owner saying “we’re willing to negotiate” is different from actually negotiating. All of this is posturing by Phoenix.

        Sarver says they have a pretty good relationship. Tell me is that true?

      • pglive21 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Bledsoe clearly hasn’t shown a willingness to negotiate, he hasn’t come off the 5-year/$80M max contract that he thinks he deserves. Why should Phoenix?

    • bruiserbrigade - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      It’s Bledsoe who won’t negotiate. He wants the max.

  15. sportsfan18 - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Beldsoe was educated at the University of Kentucky…

    And we’re supposed to be surprised he thinks he’s worth the max?

  16. John X - Aug 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Thing is neither Dragic or Thomas are the player that Bledsoe is/can be. They are two good guards. Average to above average. But they are not taking out Paul and the Clips or Westbrook and the Thunder or Curry or even Mike Conley. So if they wanted to guarantee a decent team they acomplished that. But Bledsoe is another talent level. But I’d take the money if I were him with no guarantees except dollars in life and accept my fate as an unhappy rich guy. One year at 3 mil is a risk.

  17. Lujah - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    Stop saying ‘it’s fair’. Fairness has nothing to do with anything. If it did there would be no such thing as a restricted free agent.

    I would take the qualifying offer and get out of there. No one calling you an idiot, greedy, saying you aren’t good, you don’t deserve it or aren’t worth it cares about you. He should put the haters on auto-ignore and do what’s best for him. I’ve seen it with lin. People will absolutely go from loving to hating you when you succeed and your not in the spot they’re comfortable with or making how much they say you deserve. It’s bizarre.

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