There’s a reason why the Phoenix Suns and restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe haven’t spoken with each other in almost four months. A disconnect took place at some point.
And now, the Suns are reportedly trying to trade Bledsoe. While whispers of a potential sign and trade deal for Bledsoe (to pretty much anywhere) had been tossed around, there was never really any legitimate reports to it being true.
“I’ll tell you this, and I think this is the first time it’s reported,” Jude LaCava said on Tuesday, “I do believe in my NBA sources. You can take this to the bank, so to speak, the Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe.”
“That’s the new chapter to this and I wouldn’t back off of that information. I think it’s 100% correct.”
Despite the trade reports, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders isn’t exactly buying the premise that Bledsoe will get dealt.
As far as an Eric Bledsoe trade, I don’t know if we’ll see one. Phoenix hasn’t been open to discussing sign-and-trade possibilities and if Bledsoe decides to sign for the one-year qualifying offer, he would have a no-trade clause. It’s possible that he gets moved but unlikely, in my opinion.
At this point, I’d be rather surprised if Bledsoe didn’t sign his qualifying offer to make him an unrestricted free agent next offseason. Though, it really comes down to the Suns — and whether or not they’re willing to take the chance of letting Bledsoe walk away for nothing in exchange after the season.
If not, then perhaps the best option is to sign and trade Bledsoe.