The Phoenix Suns must be entirely sold on Eric Bledsoe. He hasn’t play a single regular season game for the Suns yet, but is already in line to get a contract extension.
Though, it might be because they don’t want him to even have the option of leaving. Bledsoe will become a restricted free agent this summer if he, and the Suns, don’t agree to a contract extension before the October 31 deadline.
Right now, the plan is to re-up Bledsoe.
Nonetheless, general manager Ryan McDonough, while on Arizona Sports 620′s Burns & Gambo show Wednesday, agreed that Bledsoe does figure into the team’s long-term plans. McDonough said contract talks with the fourth-year player have gone “pretty well” to this point.
“If we’re not able to work out a deal (by Oct. 31), we would start next summer with Eric as a restricted free agent, but obviously we’re hoping to get something done before that,” the general manager said.
Sounds like Bledsoe is in for a big pay day, in the 8-figure range. For a point guard, and with the potential that he carries, that isn’t out of the realm of possibility. The Suns would rather tie him up now, than to give him the option of Phoenix or the Lakers, possibly. Might as well give him what he wants now, rather than get into a bidding war with another big-time franchise later.