HoopsHype Eric Bledsoe rumors

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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

December 23, 2013 Updates

When Dragic first heard that the Suns had traded for another point guard in early July, he wasn't about to give up his job without a fight. Phoenix, which hired new general manager Ryan McDonough and rookie coach Jeff Hornacek to clean up last season's mess (25-57 record, worst in the West), brought former Los Angeles Clippers' speedster Eric Bledsoe to town as part of a three-team deal. And Dragic's role, at first glance anyways, appeared to be at risk. "When I was back in Europe and as soon as I found out, I said, 'OK, I've got competition,'" Dragic said. "In the end, I talked with Jeff, and he told me that probably we were going to play most of the minutes together." USA Today Sports

"When Ryan asked me about (the trade), I said, 'Hey, Eric looks like Kevin Johnson when he was here playing in Phoenix, and Goran is kind of like I was,' " Hornacek told USA TODAY Sports. "We turned a team that was winning 28 games (in 1987-88) to winning 55 (in 1988-89). "I don't think either one of us ever thought when we traded for Eric that, 'Well now, we've got to figure out where we're going to trade Goran.' It was right off the bat, saying 'We're going to play these guys together and have that tempo change.'" USA Today Sports

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Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe missed his fourth consecutive game due to a bruised left shin. As he has with previous games, Bledsoe took to the court before the game just to see if he could go through warm-ups. It was a short visit before he returned to the locker room for treatment. Bledsoe watched the first half from the Suns bench but was in the training room for treatment during the second half. “It wouldn’t budge,” Bledsoe said. “I was trying. I guess it just needs more rest. “Don’t nobody know your body like you know it. I know that if I get out there and try to play, there’s a good chance that I’m going to hurt my team more than not. It’s just strained, that’s what it feels like. There are some days you just have to fall back off of it when you’re trying to come back from an injury. This is one of those days.” Arizona Republic

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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

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