Apparently, the Phoenix Suns are mighty serious about extending guard told the Burns and Gambo show on Wednesday that the team has been involved in talks regarding a contract extension for Bledsoe.before the Halloween deadline. General manager Ryan McDonough
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?