The Phoenix Suns latest offer to restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe is not close to the amount the 24 year-old guard is asking for.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Suns offered Bledsoe a 4-year deal worth $48 million. Bledsoe, though wants a max deal spanning 5-years, and worth $80 million.
Sources: Suns offered Eric Bledsoe 4-year, $48 million contract. Bledsoe wants max of 5 years, $80 million. Sides far apart
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 17, 2014
This means the team and Bledsoe are roughly $32 million apart in negotiations. Bledsoe, acquired by Phoenix from the Los Angeles Clippers in July, 2013, could surely help a team in need of a point guard. But, team’s have reportedly been reluctant to try to work out a deal with Bledsoe, as there’s a consensus that the Suns would match any deal.
However, the Suns acquired guard Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings, and also drafted guard Tyler Ennis out of Syracuse. This could mean Phoenix may let Bledsoe go, and move in a different direction with Thomas and Ennis.
Bledsoe played in 43 games for the Suns last season, starting 40. He averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists per game, as well as 4.7 rebounds.
The Milwaukee Bucks are one team to reportedly have interest in Bledsoe, and could make a push to sign him if Phoenix decides to move on. But up to this point, where Bledsoe will play this upcoming season, and on what type of contract, remains to be seen.