According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made a max contract offer to Eric Bledsoe.
"“With just days before the start of training camp, the Minnesota Timberwolves are making a final push to acquire restricted free-agent guard Eric Bledsoe in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN.com.The Wolves are offering Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million maximum-level contract that he has been seeking, sources said. Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July.”"
With training camp just days away, the Timberwolves have made a late surge for Eric Bledsoe.
Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the Suns offered him a four-year, $48 million dollar deal in July.
The Timberwolves and Suns discussed the possibility of Bledsoe ending up in Minnesota during the Kevin Love trade talks. However, Minnesota went in a different direction and pulled off a blockbuster deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers which sent Love to Cleveland.
In return, the Wolves received the highly coveted, number one overall pick, Andrew Wiggins. In the NBA Draft the Wolves selected Zach Levine who is best known for his extreme athleticism. Minnesota look to add to that athleticism by acquiring Eric Bledsoe from Phoenix.
Reports are saying T-Wolves front office believes Bledsoe would fit in perfectly with Wiggins, hence the extremely aggressive offer. Bledsoe made it clear to the Suns, and any other team, that he was only interested in a max deal for his services. If he was unable to get the max deal, he would sign a one-year $3.7 million qualifying offer, which in turn would make him an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The relationship between the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe in irreparable. Our own Tony Fischer wrote an article about this, click here to read it.
The Suns did sign free agent guard, Isaiah Thomas, and drafted rookie guard Tyler Ennis, as well.
Bledsoe averaged almost 18 ppt, and 6 assists last year but only played in 44 games. He suffered a meniscus injury in knee which required surgery.
There are great questions about whether or not Bledsoe can stay healthy. Minnesota is obviously looking passed those concerns. We will have to wait to see what transpires with this one.
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