Phoenix Suns Rumors
David Aldridge: LaMarcus Aldridge itinerary starts Tuesday at 9 PDT (midnight EDT), with the Lakers, and goes, in order: HOU, SA, PHO, DAL, TOR thru Thursday. And, sorry, the Knicks get the last at bat, after Toronto Thursday. So, LaMarcus visit order again, starting Tue at 9 PDT: LAL, HOU, SA, PHO, DAL, TOR, NYK. (No need 2 meet with POR; they’re already offered.): 26 more rumors
Eric Pincus: The Phoenix Suns made Brandon Knight a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer @BBallInsiders
The Kings, one source said, are expected to express interest in Bledsoe. While Sacramento has been buried in rumors involving center DeMarcus Cousins, a league executive said the Kings have been far more focused on improving the point guard position. The Kings started Darren Collison at the position, but would like to move him into a backup role. And if Sacramento keeps Cousins, bringing in his former Kentucky teammate and good friend surely would help to keep him happy.: 4 more rumors
As a report surfaced that the Suns were planning to re-sign restricted free agent point guard Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe’s path out of Phoenix became clearer — if not easier. Sporting News reported last week that the Suns had been shopping Bledsoe. But trading Bledsoe, according to league sources, will not prove to be easy for Phoenix. “There was a reason,” one general manager told SN, “that no one wanted to give him that ($70 million) contract last year. I think you still have to worry about his health. I think you worry about how coachable he is, too.”
Bledsoe never caused any issues publicly or privately, sources said, but his performance suffered. He averaged 17.0 points, and his shooting dropped from 47.7 percent the previous year to 44.7 percent. He shot only 32.4 percent from the 3-point line. Still, Bledsoe is only 25 and has value, even with the four years and $57 million left on his contract.
“I would expect that to be a situation that you would be OK with extending into the late summer,” the league executive said. “There is no hurry and you have to know someone is going to be out there looking to make a move once the dust settles.”