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Report: Suns, at last minute, dangled Eric Bledsoe in sign-and-trade for Kevin Love

Aug 22, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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At one point, the Timberwolves reportedly preferred Klay Thompson to Andrew Wiggins as the centerpiece of a Kevin Love trade.

That was probably posturing, but who knows for certain? Maybe Glen Taylor and Flip Saunders actually desire a solid young guard – who’s about to become very highly paid – over Wiggins, the most recent No. 1 pick and a player with a huge amount of upside.

Just in case, the Suns checked.

Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

With just hours to go before a planned megadeal the would send Kevin Love to Cleveland, the Phoenix Suns reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday to ask once more about the possibility of acquiring Love in a sign-and-trade for guard Eric Bledsoe, sources told

The Cavaliers and Wolves have had an agreement in place on Love for weeks, and it remains intact, sources said.

The Minnesota-Cleveland-Philadelphia deal seems locked in and has for a while. I don’t know the terms of the agreement, but there’s obviously a difference between “We’ll make the trade Aug. 23” when Wiggins can be dealt and “We’ll make the trade Aug. 23 so long as we haven’t received a better offer by then.” So, there’s a chance the Timberwolves could have ethically taken Phoenix’s offer.

Either way, though, Bledsoe doesn’t move the needle. Wiggins, under contract for four more years at a third of the price, is much more valuable. He’s excellent return for Love, a player who could leave at the end of the year. Bledsoe, who likely who would have required a max contract to agree to the deal, just isn’t quite on the same level.

And the Suns probably knew that. So why make the offer?

It doesn’t hurt to try, and it helps show Bledsoe they’re working to find a solution for him.

It just doesn’t get Love.

  1. rrhoe - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Bledsoe is now officially “damaged goods”,good luck with that “max” contract dude…..

  2. luz56 - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Reports here in AZ says Houston is sniffing around… Either way the guy doesn’t want to play here after this fiasco crested by himself

  3. succulentnipples - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Johnathon Football does not approve of this.

  4. cluelessdufus - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    That would be interesting, it would probably mean Rubio would be out. Only question is would the Timberwolves give Bledsoe the max he has been demanding? Wiggins hasn’t played a minute in the NBA, but should be a great defensive minded wing, question on him is his scoring. Add Bennett and Young this was a solid haul, they were losing Love anyways.

  5. vols84 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Onion reports cavs offer Lebron and Wiggins for Love…love the onion

  6. mungman69 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Eric better watch out or he will be stuck with nothing to do but watch out.

  7. patfic5 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Bledsoe’s situation is becoming comical. Either he or his agent and/or both are fools.

    • Lujah - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      How is it becoming comical? You are just saying random stuff at this point.

      Do you’ll want eric on your team or not? I seriously can’t tell.

      • patfic5 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        No. My team is OKC. We already have a PG with a knee issue. My local team is the Pelicans. We already have an Eric who wanted a max deal when he couldn’t stay healthy…..

  8. luz56 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    How the hell do you leave. 48M on the table?? The guy is missing something upstairs and isn’t endearing himself to his teammates

    • muhangis - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      It’s all relative my friend, to other player’s, his colleagues, salaries. We’re not comparing his salary to a doctor or carpenter.

      [*Crazy that I even have to remind that]

  9. luz56 - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    If it’s all relative as you say…. 48M based on current performance is an over payment

  10. eugenesaxe1 - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Bledsoe best shut-and-sign while the offer is there. PHO may just be pretty effing good in a couple years.

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