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August 5, 2014 Updates

Four current NBA executives and two prominent agents were anonymously unanimous in their belief that the Suns made a fair offer to Bledsoe and that he does not merit a maximum-salary contract now. One executive considered $48 million to be more than enough. "I'm surprised that they would offer him that much," he said. "They don't need to. It is really fair and, in fact, generous. He is talented, but he has never put it together very long, and he hasn't been healthy. It's hard to turn your team over to him." Arizona Republic

Perhaps a new deal gets negotiated in the coming weeks. If not, the Suns run the risk of losing Goran Dragic and Bledsoe next summer. "There is no way anyone in a million years could say the Suns are being unfair," an agent said. "Nobody can blame the Suns at all." Arizona Republic

P.J. Tucker issued the following statement after his DUI sentencing: "I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Phoenix for their love and support during my time as a Phoenix Sun. Thank you to the Phoenix Suns organization for supporting me throughout this difficult time. And, of course my wife Tracey, family and friends, who just keep loving me. I cannot express how much I appreciate and value the many blessings that I have been given - love and abundance that I never imagined. I am truly blessed. I am so grateful that no one was hurt as a result of my choice to drive impaired. NBA.com

August 4, 2014 Updates

The team has reportedly offered Bledsoe a four-year deal worth $48 million, but Bledsoe’s camp is reportedly looking for a near-max deal. If Bledsoe doesn’t want to accept a lesser multi-year deal, he can sign for the one-year qualifying offer worth $3.7 million and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. However, this would be risky, since it would be delaying his lucrative payday and there’s always the chance that he could get injured. Suns owner Robert Sarver called into Arizona Sports 98.7 FM today to discuss Bledsoe’s free agency. “We think it’s a fair offer. I think you could argue, you know, I mean some would say it’s maybe a little high, some would say it’s low,” Sarver told the Burns & Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “What’s fair is important to us, and also important to him — him and his agent. It’s not necessarily us to determine what he thinks is fair; it’s him to determine that. … We think we gave him a fair offer, and [we would] be more than happy to sit down with him and continue to negotiate it. We’re happy to do that.” Basketball Insiders

Phoenix reportedly offered the combo guard a four-year, $48 million deal in the middle of July, while the four-year pro apparently was looking for a maximum offer of five years and $80 million. Sarver was asked Friday if he thought Phoenix's initial offer was fair. "We think it's a fair offer. I think you could argue, you know, I mean some would say it's maybe a little high; some would say it's low," the owner said. "What's fair is important to us, and also important to him -- him and his agent. It's not necessarily us to determine what he thinks is fair; it's him to determine that." Arizona's Sports Page

"We're a professional organization, and he's a professional player," he said. "And he's a high-character guy. And his agent (Rich Paul), whose main client LeBron (James), is the utmost competitor and professional. "As an organization, we do our 100 percent best to get behind the player and support him as best as possible. And what professional players do, regardless of how their contract works out, when it's time to play, they play as hard as they can -- for themselves, their teammates and for the organization. So what takes place before a contract is signed usually doesn't have a lot of bearing on what takes place after a contract is signed -- when you have a high-character athlete and a high-quality organization." Arizona's Sports Page

Sarver also refused to agree with the notion that Bledsoe's agent is inexperienced and over his head. In closing, the owner also tried to put the whole negotiations process into perspective. "One thing fans have got to remember is: Players, their careers are very short," he said. "And at any given moment, they could be a lot shorter. You don't know. And so, they're trying to maximize what they can make. They're not like movie stars where they can go cut a box office hit when they're 45 or 55 years old like John (Gambadoro) is. They want to maximize what they can make. And that's OK." Arizona's Sports Page

August 1, 2014 Updates

Do you have a favorite memory on the floor as a King? Isaiah Thomas: I don't think it's just a specific game, just the whole experience. It was different from I think anybody else's because three different coaches in three years, front office changing, the arena situation, us maybe moving to Seattle, all of that plays a part in the whole experience and I wouldn't change it for anything. I tell everybody I love Sacramento, I always will love Sacramento, but when we play them I'm going to kill Sacramento. Sactown Royalty

Wojnarowski also told Mukendi Jr. that the teams that discussed a sign-and-trade for Monroe have since moved on, unable to reach a deal: They’ve talked with Atlanta, I believe they talked with Phoenix for a while. Portland had some interest early on, but those teams moved on. They could have signed Monroe to an offer sheet but Detroit would have likely matched it. HawksHoop.com

What was going through your mind when you heard the Kings were going to sign Darren Collison? Isaiah Thomas: When they did that, I knew I wasn't coming back. Going into my fourth year, I felt like I kind of proved myself to be a starter, especially on the Sacramento Kings and like I told them, coach Malone, who was one of my biggest fans and the best coaches that I have had in my three years in the NBA, I told him if you bring somebody in better than me I'm just going to compete, I understand if you bring somebody like Chris Paul that's somebody that I'm not going to start over no matter what, I'm going to play my role and I'm going to compete. But if you bring in somebody, a draft pick or somebody that's just not better than me I feel like it is disrespectful. When they picked Darren Collison, I felt like it was time for me to move on. Sactown Royalty

So say the Kings had matched the Suns' offer and ended up keeping you, would you have been OK coming back to Sacramento given the circumstances? Isaiah Thomas: If it was competition, if it was training camp starts and the best man may win, I would be happy. I'm a professional though, so no matter what happens, I'm going to stay professional, I'm going to do my job and I'm going to play my role, but I would have definitely been upset if it wouldn't have been no competition, especially if it's somebody who is not better than me. Sactown Royalty

When you had your exit interview with the Kings what was said? Isaiah Thomas: I had two different ones. I had one with Mike Malone and one with Chris Mullin and Pete [D'Alessandro], and they said they wanted me back. They want me back, they know it's a business and at the end of the day I got to do what's best for me. That's what it came down to, so when the time came, it didn't feel like they really wanted me back as much as they said in previous times. At the end of the day, I know it's a business, there's no hard feelings, they had to do what they had to do and what they felt was best for the Sacramento Kings, and I had to do what I had to do. Sactown Royalty

July 31, 2014 Updates

Ask around, Eric. Talk to players in the league, teammates, former teammates, coaches and assistant coaches that aren't based in Phoenix. You will be hard-pressed to find ONE that doesn't believe the offer that Phoenix has on the table for four years and $48 million is an awesome offer. Trust me, I know. Because I have made those phone calls, dozens of them. And everyone that I spoke with thinks you're borderline nuts for not jumping at this offer and giving yourself financial security for life. Arizona's Sports Page

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

 

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