Eric Bledsoe wants max contract from Phoenix Suns

July 17, 2014 – 8:26 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Eric Bledsoe

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe had a breakout season in 2013-14 and entered restricted free agency this offseason. While the Suns have threatened to match any offer Bledsoe received from another team, they have still not agreed to a contract with their young star. On Thursday we got an idea why the two sides haven’t come to an agreement yet.

Reports suggest that the Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal but that the 24-year-old guard rejected that immediately. Bledsoe apparently wants a maximum deal that would wind up being a five-year, $80 million pact. The two sides are incredibly far apart in talks.

Complicating matters is the fact that the Suns recently signed guard Isaiah Thomas to a long-term deal prying him away from the Sacramento Kings. With Bledsoe and Thomas, the Suns have a crowded backcourt when you add Goran Dragic to the mix.

Something will have to give if the Suns want Bledsoe back. While none of his potential suitors appear to have the cap space to give him a max deal, someone could swoop in and steal him away if the Suns aren’t careful.

The Kentucky product had a career-year last season. He averaged career highs in points (17.7), assists (5.5), rebounds (4.7), steals (1.6) and minutes (32.9) per game. Are those the numbers of a max contract guy? Probably not, but Bledsoe clearly believes his best days are in front of him.

At this point it doesn’t look like anything could bring these two sides to an agreement. There is still a lot of time left for something to get done, but neither side seems willing to budge.

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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  1. 7 Responses to “Eric Bledsoe wants max contract from Phoenix Suns”

  2. I can’t believe that Eric Bledsoe is insisting on MAX MONEY! He has to know he hasn’t played his best ball to deserve that kind of money and must have some remote fondness for the Phoenix team he just spent the last season with. It has to be his cutthroat agent trying to squeeze every dollar out he can to fatten his own wallet. Bledsoe must not realize the damage he is doing to his image with fans everywhere who are tired of seeing greedy players and agents trying to ruin the game.

    By Steven Hill on Jul 17, 2014

  3. Those are not Max Contract numbers. Come on Bledsoe, you got to give a little.

    By Dan on Jul 18, 2014

  4. The writer forgot to mention how TURNOVER prone Bledsoe is too and the only d he knows is in his last name bleDsoe

    By Woody on Jul 18, 2014

  5. The Suns are the team that WANTED you to trade for you. And you missed 25 games with a knee injury? How do you deserve a MAX contract?
    The SUNS are the team that gave you a chance and this is how you thank them?

    By Woody on Jul 18, 2014

  6. He just doesn’t deserve it. Certainly not after missing almost half of last season. If he gets this money the team may not be able to pay Dragic what he deserves next year, and Dragic is THE best pg on the team. He is also one of the best in the league. Ridiculous. Greedy Greedy Greedy. It is getting harder for me to spend my hard earned middle class income on these overpaid kids playing nothing more than a GAME!

    By Fred on Jul 18, 2014

  7. He’s not worth it. GREEDY !!!!

    By Duane Ernst on Jul 19, 2014

  8. Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe had HALF a break out season u mean?

    By CJ on Jul 21, 2014

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