Apparently, the Phoenix Suns are mighty serious about extending guard Eric Bledsoe before the Halloween deadline. General manager Ryan McDonough told the Burns and Gambo show on Wednesday that the team has been involved in talks regarding a contract extension for Bledsoe.
They hope to reach a deal before the Oct. 31 deadline that if passed would lead to Bledsoe reaching restricted free agency next summer.
“If we’re not able to work out a deal (by Oct. 31), we would start next summer with Eric as a restricted free agent, but obviously we’re hoping to get something done before that,” the general manager said.
In the radio interview, McDonough admits that signing Bledsoe to an extension is a projection more than anything. The guard’s scoring capabilities and court vision are clearly there, but Bledsoe is still a project in terms of commanding an offense. Without having evidence he can play as a true point guard might not even matter. At the least, the Suns hope Bledsoe can carve out a career as an elite defender.
Rather than the Suns fending off outlandish contract offers from other teams next summer, Phoenix hopes that it signs him to a respectable deal now and that Bledsoe outplays his contract this year. The risk in inking a deal before the season is that his ceiling is lower than the hype — and thus the market — drummed up.
So is he worth an extension that is likely to be for four seasons and at least $40 million?