Another day, another wrinkle in the Eric Bledsoe free agency story. Today, the report is that Bledsoe is leaning towards accepting the qualifying offer of one year for $3.7 million. The rumor was tweeted by ESPN’s Chris Broussard earlier Tuesday afternoon.
The Suns have offered their restricted free agent a very fair four-year, $48 million contract. The word around the league is that Bledsoe has his sights set way too high in thinking he can get a maximum contract, according to this story by Arizona Republic Suns beat writer Paul Coro. One anonymous NBA executive had this to say from Coro’s story.
One executive considered $48 million to be more than enough. “I’m surprised that they would offer him that much,” he said. “They don’t need to. It is really fair and, in fact, generous. He is talented, but he has never put it together very long, and he hasn’t been healthy. It’s hard to turn your team over to him.”
The bottom line continues to be that the Suns hold all the control until Bledsoe is able to get an offer sheet from another team. Accepting a one year qualifying offer would be a huge gamble for a guard with two knee surgeries in his young career. This has the feeling of dragging on for a little while longer.