If you don’t believe me that Eric Bledsoe won’t be signed and then traded this summer, take an expert’s word for it. An anonymous general manager told Sporting News’ Sean Deveney that NBA executives would be “wary” in considering a deal for either Bledsoe or fellow restricted free agent Greg Monroe.
“Their teams overvalue them in terms of making trades, they don’t want to give them away for nothing,” the GM said. “There’s no reason to give up significant assets for players who probably will be available next summer. That doesn’t mean a deal can’t get done, but it is complicated.”
More succinctly, a sign-and-trade would require a team to both overpay for Bledsoe and shell out a few promising players to Phoenix. It’s a lot to give up for a non-All-Star.
SB Nation’s Tom Ziller also ran through all the options for Bledsoe and why the power remains on the Suns’ side, driving the point home. Barring any magical trade cooked up by Ryan McDonough and the front office, it’s going to come down to Bledsoe accepting the Suns’ deal, negotiating for something a little different or taking the qualifying offer.
That all makes us believe that an unhappy Bledsoe will indeed take the qualifying offer, though that seems far from the smart thing to do at this point.
Deveney points out a few recent players who took qualifying offers over the past few seasons and notes that many of them paid the price (or is it that the price wasn’t paid to them?). There have been one or two success stories after players took qualifying offers, however, and if Bledsoe would take it and remain injury free, it’s possible he will still earn a nice deal next summer.
But again, it’s hard to foresee him earning a max contract that he’s reportedly expecting.