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article imageSuns and Bledsoe still not close on deal

By Dan Pelberg     Jul 20, 2014 in Sports
Phoenix - With most free agents being picked up since the signing of LeBron James in Cleveland, the Phoenix Suns and their star Eric Bledsoe are still not close on a deal.
Reports are that in order to stay in Phoenix, the 24-year-old is looking for the max deal of four years and just over $63 million. Currently the Suns are offering the budding star a four-year, $48 million contract, one that leaves the sides not close in negotiations.
The deal offered by the Suns is similar to the deal Kyle Lowry accepted by resigning with the Raptors for a four-year, $48 million contract earlier in free agency. Many see these players as comparable, and both of their player efficiency ratings (a stat measuring the rating of a player’s per-minute productivity) were almost identical last season.
Looking at the Suns depth chart for next year, they are not short at the guard position. Not only will they bring back Gerald Green, Goran Dragic, and Archie Goodwin, but they added two more pieces by drafting point guard Tyler Ennis and completing a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings to pick up Isaiah Thomas.
It is not apparent that anyone will give Bledsoe the max contract he is looking for, but teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets may be willing to up the ante for his services. Meanwhile, teams are lurking in the background with assets to offer the Suns in possible sign-and-trade scenarios. The Lakers could be offering as much as Julius Randal (the 7th overall pick in this year’s draft), Jordan Hill and a future first round pick. This option may prove to be enough to pry away Bledsoe from the state of Arizona.
The Suns have already seen all the talent that Bledsoe possesses. The question for them now is whether or not he deserves the money he is looking for, and if any trade scenarios offer the team to get better without him on the 2014-2015 roster.
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