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Goran Dragic gets Eric Bledsoe updates by following Bledsoe on Twitter

Aug 26, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

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Eric Bledsoe remains unsigned, and the situation isn’t getting prettier.

The Suns and the restricted free agent have sparred through the media, leaving Bledsoe’s teammates caught in the middle. I bet they realize how valuable Bledsoe is to the team, but they’re also loyal to an organization that has already signed them.

So, how does Goran Dragic – Phoenix’s top player – stay informed? He gets some news from Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. As for the other side…

Dragic in a Q&A with Erildas Budraitis of RealGM (hat tip: Jeffrey Sanders of Valley of the Suns):

RealGM: Do you stay in touch with Eric Bledsoe? Do you receive information about his situation and do you pay attention to it?

Dragic: I follow him on Twitter. I talked with Jeff couple of weeks ago and they still didn’t know if they are going to offer him a contract. We are waiting for his decision. But I think he is a big part of this team. He was great last year and we played together well. I hope he will sign for the next year.

First of all, Dragic saying he follows Bledsoe on Twitter doesn’t mean that’s his only way of communicating with Bledsoe. Dragic easily could have additional ways of staying in touch with Bledsoe.

But let’s say this is Dragic’s only pipeline to Bledsoe (and it’s not a good one considering the lack of free agency news Bledsoe tweets). That’s probably for the best.

It’s in Bledsoe’s best interest to convince the Suns he’d leave after next season if he signs the qualifying offer. Their only reason to offer him a larger contract is believing he’d walk, and to convince them of that, he might have to criticize the situation in Phoenix.

Would Bledsoe really mean it? Maybe, maybe not. It’s a negotiating tactic, but one that could mean hurting teammates’ feelings.

Though a sign-and-trade or unmatched offer sheet from Philadelphia is possible, Bledsoe will most likely – either on the qualifying offer or larger contract – play for the Suns next season. At that point, he and Dragic will need to work together.

This way, they give themselves the best chance of meshing – and that’s great for fans who really enjoyed the dynamic backcourt last season.

  1. klinickal - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    I am guessing you are not considered a team mate until you have a contract in the NBA. Same thing happened on the Cavs when Wiggins didn’t hear from James, even though he eventually got his contract but with the foregone conclusion that he would be traded.

  2. genericcommenter - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    That’s how I get updates on my wife.

    • tigershark0052 - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      You should follow my twitter feed

    • Lujah - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      “but they’re also LOYAL to an organization that has already signed them” LOL. You can’t be serious with that.

      “Goran Dragic – Phoenix’s top player –”. What does that have to do with anything? Why do I get the feeling this is said of spite. As to say to eric, ‘You’re not even our best player, you’re not worth money, nana nana na, na’.

      “It’s a negotiating tactic, but one that could mean hurting teammates’ feelings”. Everyone has been made painfully aware that this is a business. Goran and marcus should at least understand this.

      “he and Dragic will need to work together”. Why would that even be called into question?

      • Lujah - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        My mistake. That was not supposed to be a reply. And there seem to be no editing options here.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Oh. I thought you were talking about my wife’s loyalty.

      • duhwighthoward - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Pretty much every article on this site is written in a way to infuriate the reader and entice him into commenting.

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