After realizing that he really has not leverage to use against the Phoenix Suns, restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe is likely to follow fellow RFA Greg Monroe and sign his qualifying offer with the Suns.
Like Monroe, if Bledsoe signs the QO he’ll play out the 2014-15 season for the one-year, $3.7 million rate and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The relationship between the two sides has soured, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.
The person also said Bledsoe, 24, strongly is considering signing the Suns’ qualifying offer for $3.726 million — good for the 2014-15 season — to become an unrestricted free agent after next summer.
Bledsoe has been on record that he wants the full max deal, which would be worth about $84 million over five years. The Suns, however, countered with a four-year, $48 million dollar offer — what they presume to be a fair price.
Both Monroe and Bledsoe, if they can’t work a sign and trade with the Pistons and Suns (respectively) and another team that is willing to pay them what they feel they’re worth, would need to sign their qualifying offer by the Oct. 1 deadline.
Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Suns last season.