After not speaking for months restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe was willing to sign a qualifying offer with the Phoenix Suns so he could become an unrestricted free agent next season. It’s September and the two sides finally sat down to make a deal. Eric Bledsoe wanted a four-year $63 million contract. Instead he got a five-year $70 million contract from the Phoenix Suns.
Bledsoe needed a long term contract because he has durability concerns. He’s played over 70 games twice in his career and he was a backup guard both times. He played a career high 32 minutes this past season and only lasted 43 games.
Bledsoe and Goran Dragic were an exciting young backcourt last season leading the Suns to 48 wins. The Suns added Isaiah Thomas during free agency and now they have three very good guards. Finding time for all three guys won’t be hard considering Bledsoe is a defensive guard and can guard some shooting guards. The Suns can limit his minutes at times to make sure he stays healthy.
Last year Bledsoe averaged career bests 17.7 ppg, 5.5 apg and 4.7 rpg.