HoopsHype Eric Bledsoe rumors

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Although Bledsoe is looking like he'll become a surefire star in the league, Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby hesitated to call him a franchise player Thursday while on Arizona Sports 620's The Dan Bickley Show with Vince Marotta. "Well, he's 23 years old and he's certainly talented enough. I think we look at him more as he's an important part of our core going forward," Babby said. "Where he is in the precise pecking order remains to be seen, and it depends on who else we have here. He's certainly a valuable, important piece of our team going forward. "In the short amount of time he's been here, he's ingratiated himself -- not only to the community, but to everybody within the organization. And he's been everything we would have hoped for at this point." Arizona's Sports Page

November 9, 2013 Updates

All indications are that even though an extension didn't get done at the October deadline, Eric Bledsoe wants to stay in Phoenix. Bledsoe has a great opportunity to be a franchise-type player in Phoenix, has the trust of the organization and for the first time since high school is out of the shadows of star players (John Wall at Kentucky, Chris Paul with the Clippers). Arizona's Sports Page

November 7, 2013 Updates

Heading into this season, though, the Suns had an opportunity to sign the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bledsoe to a long-term contract extension, but ultimately could not agree to terms. Now, no matter how well he plays, the former Clipper will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the season, which has some worried that this may be a one-year rental, so to speak. Suns GM Ryan McDonough is not one of those people. "I feel very confident that he's going to be a Sun long-term," he told Burns and Gambo Wednesday. "We negotiated with Eric and his agents. I think the contract situation was handled very professionally on both ends." Arizona's Sports Page

McDonough said he feels good about how Bledsoe's agents approached the contract talks and hopes they feel the same way about the team's front office. But more than anything, the first-year general manager wants fans to know that the "restricted" in "restricted free agency" is a very important word. "We can match any offer to Eric next summer," he said. "Another advantage would be we have an extra year to play with. Other teams who are making Eric an offer can offer him four years, we can offer him up to five if we chose to do so." Arizona's Sports Page

November 1, 2013 Updates

Yet sources say there was an undeniable gulf between the sides in this month's negotiations. The Suns were not willing to go that high and are apparently convinced that they can handle any sort of lucrative offer sheet Bledsoe commands in July as a restricted free agent, whether that means matching the offer or facilitating a sign-and-trade if they deem the cost to be too pricey. ESPN.com

After failing to reach an agreement on a rookie contract extension before Thursday's 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, talented young forward Gordon Hayward will enter restricted free agency next summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Also, the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe were unable to come to an agreement on a rookie contract extension, and the young point guard will join fellow 2010 draft class members Hayward and Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe as three of the most prominent players in July's restricted free agency period. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: Eric Bledsoe and Suns failed to reach an extension agreement, league source tells Yahoo. Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent in July. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

October 31, 2013 Updates

The deadline for the Suns to work out a contract extension for Bledsoe comes at 9 p.m. Phoenix time Thursday night. There were no indications Wednesday that the teams were nearing a deal. If he does not sign an extension, assumedly for four years, Bledsoe would become a restricted free agent on July 1 and the Suns would have the ability to match another team’s offer sheet. The Suns’ active roster would make the fourth youngest team in the NBA (behind Philadelphia, Cleveland and New Orleans) but 31-year-old injured center Emeka Okafor’s inclusion on the roster makes them officially the seventh youngest team. They are the second most inexperienced team with an average of 3.93 seasons, which is only more than New Orleans (3.6). Arizona Republic

October 29, 2013 Updates

In the early afternoon hours of July 3, owner Donald Sterling called Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser and informed him he had rescinded approval on moving Eric Bledsoe and acquiring free agent J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade agreement. The three-team deal – delivered the owner's blessing only two days earlier – no longer interested Sterling. Call it off, Sterling instructed Roeser, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Deal's dead. Yahoo! Sports

October 24, 2013 Updates

Nonetheless, general manager Ryan McDonough, while on Arizona Sports 620's Burns & Gambo show Wednesday, agreed that Bledsoe does figure into the team's long-term plans. McDonough said contract talks with the fourth-year player have gone "pretty well" to this point. "If we're not able to work out a deal (by Oct. 31), we would start next summer with Eric as a restricted free agent, but obviously we're hoping to get something done before that," the general manager said. Arizona's Sports Page

The Phoenix Suns are currently in talks with newly acquired guard Eric Bledsoe on a long-term contract extension. If the two sides can't reach a deal by the end of the month, the 23-year-old combo guard would become a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Arizona's Sports Page

October 21, 2013 Updates

The Suns could elect to let Year 1 with Bledsoe play out and allow the market to set the 23-year-old's price next July, but that's a risky strategy given the modest (to put it mildly) crop of free-agent point guards projected to be available come July 2014. (How modest? Eight months out, Kyle Lowry or Rodney Stuckey ranks as the most attractive unrestricted free agent among lead guards.) The extension Favors earned might also end up helping Bledsoe. They play completely different positions, true, but Favors was paid in part because of what he's expected to produce in an expanded role after the Utah departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. Bledsoe is in a similar position. ESPN.com

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