Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver called in to the Burns and Gambo show on Friday and helped to quiet the reports of Eric Bledsoe‘s reportedly troublesome relationship with the franchise. CSN Northwest’s Chris Haynes reported earlier this week that Bledsoe’s relationship with the Suns was near “irreparable,” and while his sources were clearly feeding him information with an agenda, it did lend some concern to the situation.
Two bigs things from Sarver’s radio appearance: he believes Phoenix’s offer is “fair” and that the relationship with Bledsoe isn’t in jeopardy.
“We think it’s a fair offer. I think you could argue, you know, I mean some would say it’s maybe a little high; some would say it’s low,” the owner said. “What’s fair is important to us, and also important to him — him and his agent. It’s not necessarily us to determine what he thinks is fair; it’s him to determine that.”
“I think Eric’s a great guy. And he’ll be happy here when he gets here, whether that’s for one year or for four years or five years,” he said. “I think his agent’s trying to do the best job he can, too. And I have a pretty good relationship with his agent. It’s just part of the process. I wish it would have been resolved earlier, but it is what it is.”
The general feel for the interview was that Sarver is having to defend Bledsoe through this process.
Sarver even admitted that some in Bledsoe’s camp could possibly be feeding the fire in terms of the drama here. The owner added that it wouldn’t mean much at the end of the day. It may seem dirty, but this is just how negotiating is done.
There aren’t hard feelings about this sort of thing, and often the backlash ends up being pointed at the media. People close to star players have their own agendas, and some that aren’t even that close can still feed the rumor mill without the players’ approval. Take the recent Derrick Rose reports about his camp and the Bulls not getting along, or look at all the rumors from the past year that Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland. Irving signed a five-year deal to remain in Cleveland and has laughed off the past reports; Irving signed that deal before anyone knew if LeBron James was returning home, for what it’s worth.
What will eventually end the Bledsoe-Suns standoff is what would’ve ended it two weeks ago: the two sides sitting down and finding a compromise.