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September 24, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns brass and the Eric Bledsoe camp are negotiating again. That, in itself, is major progress. League sources confirmed that there have been renewed contract talks between Suns executives and Bledose's representatives since the weekend. Yahoo! also reported that the progress was significant enough that a deal could be in place by the start of training camp. USA Today Sports

League sources confirmed that there have been renewed contract talks between Suns executives and Bledose's representatives since the weekend. Yahoo! also reported that the progress was significant enough that a deal could be in place by the start of training camp. Arizona Republic

September 23, 2014 Updates
September 19, 2014 Updates

The Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million contract in July, but Bledsoe's representatives insist that the guard's value is a full maximum contract. There's been minimal communication between Bledsoe's representatives and Suns officials since the franchise's offer in July. Bledsoe's representatives with Klutch Sports, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, were unable to find a consequential offer sheet to force the Suns into matching a deal. Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders has been represented by Termini for much of his coaching career. Yahoo! Sports

The Wolves are offering Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million maximum-level contract that he has been seeking, sources said. Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July. ESPN.com

This is a renewal of talks that have stretched over the past several months. The teams had discussions involving a Kevin Love trade that would involve Bledsoe but never made serious traction on a deal. ESPN.com

September 18, 2014 Updates
September 17, 2014 Updates

There has not been a peep from the defense, other than the reserved guard's July comment that the Suns were "using restricted free agency against me, but I understand that." His "big brother" and fellow agency client, LeBron James, appealed to the Suns via Instagram to "break bread" for Bledsoe as he and Bledsoe trained in Cleveland this month. James' plea and the early Bledsoe maximum-contract request appear to indicate he wants to be in Phoenix, even though he has never said it or entered negotiations that could still draw a larger offer. With no signs of talks or a sign-and-trade, Bledsoe is two weeks from taking a qualifying offer that will not win much more favor with Suns fans. Arizona Republic

It has been a trying, bewildering and exasperating process to fathom how Bledsoe, with 78 career starts and $7.4 million in career earnings, would balk at the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer when there have been no competing bids the past 10 weeks. He has his reasons, but we can only guess. Bledsoe is a restricted NBA free agent — the last one — who appears headed toward accepting a one-year, $3.73 million qualifying offer by the Oct. 1 deadline (if he waits until Oct. 1, he will not be part of the Sept. 29 media day or be aboard the bus to training camp). Arizona Republic

September 7, 2014 Updates

Eric Bledsoe's whereabouts never have included Phoenix since the end of the regular season in April. Bledsoe has not even been close with his recent locales. He mostly has been training and with his family in his hometown of Birmingham. He popped into Atlanta a week ago for a party and workout with college buddy John Wall. He spent some of last week in Cleveland for a workout with LeBron James that was marked by James prodding the Suns with a "PHX break bread" Instagram post regarding Bledsoe, his fellow Klutch Sports Group client. Arizona Republic

September 5, 2014 Updates

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