1. Is Eric Bledsoe and his camp, the team or both to blame for this drawn out situation? Or is it just a symptom of restricted free agency?
Jeff Sanders: At this point, the blame has to fall on Eric Bledsoe’s camp. There was no issue with Bledsoe trying to get a max deal in the beginning of the process. Now its August though and unless Bledsoe can get an offer sheet, he has to realize that the Suns are not going to give him the max that he is looking for.
Ryan Weisert: Bledsoe’s camp is to blame. They have spent the better part of the year telling their client he’s worth max money, a belief only strengthened by the size of the contracts that have been handed out this offseason. Right now, Bledsoe isn’t worth $16 million a year. That’s more than his former Kentucky backcourt mate and former #1 pick John Wall will make next year.
Dave Dulberg: Bledsoe is a product of restricted free agency, but the process isn’t a new one. The market determines his value and at this point the offer he’s received from the Suns is the best one he’s going to find. His camp’s inability to accept this has drawn out the situation.
Scott Chasen: To me the biggest piece of blame has to be put on the restricted free agency process. You can’t blame Bledsoe for going after the max money he thinks he deserves, especially considering some of the other players who were given max deals. You can’t really blame the Suns for not wanting to overpay, knowing that Bledsoe likely wouldn’t want to play on the qualifying offer next year, especially with his injury woes.
Eric Saar: I think it is just what happens when a player is a restricted free agent. It’s all a trickle-down from Kyle Lowry’s re-signing with Toronto. The market was set and teams were scared away by Phoenix saying they’d match. It’s just free market economics. You’re only worth what the market will bear.