The Phoenix Suns may have prepared for the nightmare of losing restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe this summer by inking fellow restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas, though, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t holding out hope that they can’t turn a nightmarish situation into an elite backcourt dream.
“We’ll continue to work as hard as we can within that restricted free agency system established by the collective bargaining agreement,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said Monday. “We continue to hope and expect that he will remain in a Suns uniform.”
Phoenix has reportedly been trying to find a middle ground between the lowball contract that the Suns offered Bledsoe and the max contract money that he wants.
I’m not sure if there is even a middle ground, but if there is the Suns are hoping to find it.
The Suns have the right to match any offer sheet that Bledsoe could potentially sign with any other team he wishes. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game last season with the Suns.