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July 30, 2014 Updates

All indications to this point are that the Suns have no interest in trading Bledsoe to another team either. Certainly, the Suns are in win-now mode, so any trade would be for a better player not a worse one. The Suns are no longer in the business of sending out the best player in the deal. Bright Side of the Sun

July 29, 2014 Updates

Things aren’t looking good when it comes to negotiations between the Phoenix Suns and their restricted free agent star guard Eric Bledsoe. According to league sources, an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations. It has even escalated to the point where the “relationship is on the express lane to being ruined,” a source with knowledge of the situation informed CSNNW.com. CSNNW.com

The Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal with declining salaries each year, two sources said. That proposal was quickly turned down. Bledsoe’s camp is putting a max price tag on the player Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek called “a Top-10 player in the NBA in coming years”, another source said. CSNNW.com

July 28, 2014 Updates

Phoenix Suns player P.J. Tucker was arrested for "super extreme DUI" in May by Scottsdale police. Tucker's blood alcohol content registered at .201 on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police. A driver is considered legally drunk for a DUI charge in Arizona at .08 blood-alcohol content. A blood test administered after Tucker was taken to jail and later analyzed by Arizona DPS showed his blood alcohol-content to be .222, according to the police report. A super extreme DUI is .20 or more. Arizona Republic

Tucker had "thick and slurred" speech and "watery and bloodshot" eyes, according to the report, and the officer detected a "powerful" alcohol odor as he interviewed Tucker. Tucker told the officer that he was coming from the W Scottsdale Hotel, where he had one beer. During a walk-and-turn test, Tucker stumbled to the side and caught himself on a construction fence, the report stated. Arizona Republic

Sources say there continues to be ongoing dialogue towards a deal and there is some sense that the Suns might increase their offer slightly; there has also been talk that Bledsoe’s camp might agree to a short-term deal that gets Bledsoe into free agency again inside the next three seasons. Basketball Insiders

Bledsoe, who is considered the best available talent on the free-agency market, believed the Suns are using restricted free-agency against him, preventing other teams to offer him a lucrative deal. "First off I'm going to let my agent handle it," Bledsoe told WTVM of Birmingham, Alaba via Sporting News. "I can understand the Phoenix Suns are using a restricted free agent against me. But I understand that." TravelersToday.com

July 26, 2014 Updates

After several weeks of free agency, the Phoenix Suns have not signed Birmingham-native Eric Bledsoe. The Suns have offered a 4-year, $48 million deal, but the two-sides are still in negotiations. "First off I'm going to let my agent handle it," Bledsoe said, while attending a "Ball Up" street ball tournament in Birmingham. "I can understand the Phoenix Suns are using a restricted free agent against me. But I understand that." Alabamas13.com

July 24, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Dionte Christmas, the team announced today. In his rookie NBA season of 2013-14, Christmas averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 6.4 minutes in 31 games with the Suns. Christmas also played with the Suns’ entry at NBA Summer League 2014 in Las Vegas earlier this month, averaging 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in five games. NBA.com

July 23, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have re-signed forward P.J. Tucker to a multiyear contract, the team announced today. “We are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement with P.J. Tucker on a multiyear contract,” said President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “His new contract fulfills one of our most important goals for this summer.” “P.J. is one of the most rugged competitors in the entire league,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “We love his passion and his fire. We are happy that he will remain in a Suns uniform for the foreseeable future.” NBA.com

"I cried," Tucker said. "It was emotional, man. It was an emotional time. Ain't anybody been through what I've been through. To get to the point where I'm at now is just only God and faith that I knew I was supposed to be in the NBA. Every day, every game, I leave it all out there. People think I play hard. It's just me wanting to be in the NBA and trying to prove every game that I should be here." Arizona Republic

While the Suns were reluctant to talk about where Bledsoe fits into all of this on a day they were introducing Thomas and forward Anthony Tolliver, privately they are making it clear that Bledsoe is and always has been integral to their long-range plans. Arizona Republic

The Suns, as has been well-documented, offered Bledsoe a four-year contract worth a total of $48 million, which we're told is significantly higher than what the club offered in October before the two sides put talks on hold for the season. Bledsoe reportedly is seeking a maximum contract of $80 million over five seasons, which only the Suns can offer. Other teams can go as high as $63 million over four years, but only Philadelphia remains among teams with salary-cap room to pay it. By all accounts the Suns will match such a deal if necessary, even if it limits what they can do in the future. Arizona Republic

Yet, the Kings seemed to look for someone to replace Thomas at every opportunity. "They were," he said matter-of-factly. "I felt very disrespected. Every year it was somebody new. I felt I did a good enough job to show them I was a starting point guard or a guy who could play a big role with their team. But they thought differently. They're going to go forward without me, and I'm going to go forward with the Phoenix Suns, and I know something special is coming here." Arizona Republic

 

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