HoopsHype Eric Bledsoe rumors

February 11, 2014 Updates

The Miami Heat’s stop in Phoenix for Tuesday night’s game is also a chance for LeBron James to check in on family. James considers injured Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe to be family. Their close relationship was apparent this off-season when he tweeted a photo of them out together and wrote, “Phx got them something special in him.” James made Bledsoe the only non-Heat player in a Samsung commercial, with that same photo appearing to show Bledsoe calling James. “I take care of family,” James said of insisting that Bledsoe be in the commercial. Arizona Republic

February 4, 2014 Updates

With each passing day, Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe gets closer to returning to the court. While there remains no firm timetable -- all parties have expressed optimism of a post-All-Star break return -- the good news is Bledsoe has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery in January. The 24-year-old guard was re-evaluated over the weekend. "Doctors said everything looks good," head coach Jeff Hornacek said Monday. "He's just going to continue his rehab. But, I think, because he got that OK, they'll step up his workload and continue to push him to get back as soon as he can." Arizona's Sports Page

January 30, 2014 Updates

Speaking of the Suns, I was told the Los Angeles Lakers might go hard after Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, who is out the rest of the season with a knee injury. Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent next summer, but I'm told the Lakers might be willing to overpay him to pry him away from Phoenix ESPN.com

January 24, 2014 Updates

Sarver said his duty is to provide the best health care possible for his players, and that his players have to feel comfortable before returning to the court. He also said he doesn’t need Bledsoe to return in order to match any contract offer that might be coming to the restricted free agent this off-season. “I think we had a pretty good idea of who Eric was when we traded for him,” Sarver said. “So I wouldn’t say we need to see more of him to match any offer. Obviously, we’d like to see more of him because our team plays better when he’s playing. And we’re competing (now), we’re making a playoff run this year. And I think if we can get him back, not only can we make a playoff run, we have a chance to be a team that can win in the playoffs, too.” Arizona Republic

January 13, 2014 Updates

John Gambadoro: Bledsoe will return this season because his meniscus was removed not repaired. So 4-6 week to return. Twitter

January 10, 2014 Updates

The Suns said in a news release that Bledsoe “will pursue a possible return to action during the second half of this NBA season.” Generously listed at 6-feet-1, Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent this summer but Wall believes that the 24-year-old speedster proved his true value around the league this season. “It’s kind of sad to see him go down, because he probably was going to be most improved player and he was having a career year,” Wall said. Washington Post

January 9, 2014 Updates
January 4, 2014 Updates

Paul Coro: Hornacek said Bledsoe (right knee sprain) will be out at least a week. Green will start in his place. #SunsVsBucks Twitter @paulcoro

January 3, 2014 Updates
January 2, 2014 Updates

Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has been scratched from the starting lineup against the Memphis Grizzlies with a sprained right knee. The team said the knee was bothering Bledsoe in a win over the Clippers on Monday, when he went 3 for 10 for seven points while playing 31 minutes. ESPN.com

December 31, 2013 Updates

Whatever it takes? "Correct," McDonough said. "Any reasonable offer. We have some advantages. We're able to give him another year, five instead of four if we choose. We're able to give him higher-percentage increases than other teams too. And then if another team does make an offer, we can always match that. So we feel like we're holding the cards with Eric, and more importantly, I think Eric's had a good experience here so far. He's played well and the team has played fairly well. I think he kind of likes what we're doing." ESPN.com

For his part, Bledsoe said he's fine with the situation. "I was telling [my agent] over the summer, if the contract doesn't happen I'm ready to play a full season," Bledsoe said. "I was confident because I'd worked hard all summer, and I knew that I was going to play a lot more than I did the last three years, so I was ready." When that came to bear, Bledsoe said he put the situation out of his mind. "I've just got to play," he said. "I'm focused. I need to keep moving. I'm not worried about [the contract]. If I get worked up about it, I won't be focused on the game." ESPN.com

"I didn't want to leave, but it was one of those situations where it was probably for the best," Bledsoe said. "I wasn't going to play in front of Chris. I knew that. He's an All-Star. He's achieved every goal. He's a winner. I could've played alongside Chris. But at the end of the day I wanted a chance to run my own team." ESPN.com

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough had watched Bledsoe for years. First in college as the kid who played alongside John Wall at Kentucky the year Wall became the No. 1 pick in the draft, then with the Los Angeles Clippers, when he was Chris Paul's understudy for three years. "You just saw these flashes of what he could do," McDonough said. "He doesn't have a lot of holes in his game. There's not a lot of things he can't do, just with his strength, his athletic ability and his shooting. "He just hadn't played consistent minutes." ESPN.com

"I'm not afraid of anybody," Bledsoe said. "I'm going to compete and I'm going to give it my last. I'm always going to be confident in myself. "Nothing has been handed to me my entire life. You have to go there and take it. My mom taught me that." ESPN.com

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