Apr 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) dribbles against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The Phoenix Suns traded for Eric Bledsoe last season with hopes of having a franchise guard for years to come. Bledsoe responded to the trade with a breakout season and has developed into one of the leagues up and coming stars. Just want the Suns had hoped when they traded for him.
You know how the old cliché goes.
Careful what you ask for….
Valley of the Suns
Bledsoe’s outstanding season has got him asking for a max deal from the Suns. But the Suns want Bledsoe to return for a price signficantly lower than what he is looking for. To accomplish that goal the Suns have made it known publicly that they would match any offer on their restricted free agent guard.
The threat to match any offer has scared other teams away for fear of needlessly tieing up their cap space. According to a story by Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, the end result is a stalemate that has Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns on the verge of an ugly divorce.
"According to league sources, an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations. It has even escalated to the point where the “relationship is on the express lane to being ruined,” a source with knowledge of the situation informed CSNNW.com."
The free agency stalemate between Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns could have long-term implications to a franchise on the verge once again of becoming a contender in the Western Conference.
It is in both sides interest to get a deal done.
The Suns won 48 games but missed the 2013-14 playoffs. Losing Bledsoe would be a serious set-back in their quest to return to the play-offs.
Eric Bledsoe had a breakout season while leading the Phoenix Suns in 2013-14. Since arriving in Phoenix he has shown that he can handle the pressures that go with being an NBA floor general. If Bledsoe were to decide to holdout it would it would be a serious career set back for him and his free agent market value in 2015.
In short both sides need to come together and work something out because a stalemate resulting in a hold-out could be disastrous for both sides.