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Bledsoe Contract Negotiations In A Holding Pattern

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Eric Bledsoe is one of the budding young stars in the NBA, that much is without question. However, even after a season in which Bledsoe became a starter for the first time in his career and averaged 17 points a game, he and the Phoenix Suns are still MILES apart in contract negotiations. Bledsoe, who is represented by the same agent as Lebron James, turned down a 4-year, $48 million contract from Phoenix earlier this week and rumors have suggested they are looking for something more in the 5-year, $80 million range, similar to what John Wall and Demarcus Cousins signed for last offseason.

On one hand, I see where Bledsoe and his agent are coming from. Players like Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons have raked in contracts this offseason worth over $15 million a year, and it’s not hard to make a case that Bledsoe is on par with those 2. On another hand, Phoenix has loaded up at their guard position this offseason, bringing in rookie Tyler Ennis and former Kings PG Isaiah Thomas as insurance policies in case another team were to sign a large offer sheet with Bledsoe and seemingly as leverage in negotiations as well.

In reality, 5-years, $80 million isn’t going to happen for Bledsoe, who sat out a large chunk of this season with injuries but was one of the most exciting players in the league when he was on the court. Also, as a restricted free agent, Eric has the opportunity to play out the last season of his contract for $3.7 million and enter free agency next offseason if he wants to hold out for a max deal. While I believe the Suns’ offer is on the low side of what he’s worth as a player, with the amount of PG talent the team already has, its not surprise they are lowballing Bledsoe to a certain degree, especially knowing that not reaching a deal would result in him still being on the team for a lower price.

I wish Bledsoe all the best, but asking for a larger contract than he’s already been offered from Phoenix seems to be out of the question at this point. Now, the decision to be made is whether or not he wants to take the guaranteed $40+ million right now with Phoenix, or hold out for another year and risk injury to get a larger contract in another city next offseason.

 

–@WillTottenKSR

Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

16 Comments for Bledsoe Contract Negotiations In A Holding Pattern



  1. J
    11:38 am July 19, 2014 Permalink

    Phoenix went out and got all those guards knowing Bledsoe would probably turn down their offer. Som team will pay him 50-60 million. Phoenix is not going to match that



  2. Mom Bledsoe
    11:47 am July 19, 2014 Permalink

    My baby can’t eat for only $48 million. We need more!



  3. BNClay
    11:53 am July 19, 2014 Permalink

    Go for the pay day. When the cap goes up like they are talking about 12 mil a year for a starting pg will be insulting. My bet is he gets close to what they are asking for, assuming he is 100% healthy.



  4. jmfatz47
    11:56 am July 19, 2014 Permalink

    12 million vs 16 million per year. It’s almost cartoonish to see numbers this staggering. Take the money and don’t risk holding out!



  5. We Hang Banners
    12:20 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    If he is healthy, his skill level and age mean he is worth at least 18-20 million a year. Watch him game to game. A monster that can’t be guarded. Top 5 point guard in NBA.



  6. Ima Tarcspayer
    12:43 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    Good money for the math whiz.



  7. Justme
    12:45 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    Geeeze



  8. Bingo
    12:48 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    So now you guys block a person by email account if they don’t agree with your articles? Sweet! How many bogus email accounts can you block?



  9. Flipper
    12:51 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    Couldn’t you think of any other white guys to compare his salary to or are those the only two left in the NBA?



  10. No question
    12:56 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think there’s any question he will get a larger contract than what phoenix offered this year. A few teams have already shown interest, he won’t have to wait til next year he’ll just have to move.



  11. Bonkrshr
    1:03 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    It’s a business. For those that are questioning the legitimacy of getting top dollar for your services, 12 million per year versus 16 or 20 million…Consider someone taking a pot shot at you for trying to get $16/hr when you make $12/hr….
    If you can get it, do it. Bledsoe is a man and owes the Suns nothing. His pay will be market driven.
    And the Bledsoe mom reference is borderline racist and ridiculous. Check yourself. Jealousy at its finest! Think you can do better and deserve more, put on a pair of high tops and go to a tryout. Better yet, put out a mixtape of your best plays for all of us to enjoy.
    Otherwise, keep hatin’ And wishing you had even a fraction of the talent at anything in your life as Bledsoe has in basketball.



    • Joe Joe
      2:19 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

      I love people that call every comment made racist. Everyone that doesn’t agree with them are a racist. If anyone criticizes anything about a minority, they are racist. I get so sick of people calling racism on everything.



    • Bonkrshr
      3:34 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

      I get tired of ridiculous statements about ppl who get criticized for going after a paycheck.
      I get tired of people complaining about racist comments when they’re the ones snicker when they’re made. “Those” folks need to remove the shoe from their mouth along with their foot and then kick themselves with it.



  12. jimp
    1:06 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

    You already have to take out a loan to take your wife and a couple of kids to a NBA game, NFL game, or Major League baseball game. And it is getting that way to go to college games and this poor guy is getting screwed by being offered $48 million for four years. I read an article just a few days ago where Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers said that there is no way a player is worth the kind of money they are paying them to just get out and play a kids game but if they are willing to pay it, the players would be stupid not to take it. Meanwhile the tickets, concessions and parking prices just keep going up so they can pay these athletes. I’m through preaching now.



    • Rei
      1:19 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

      If you live in a trailer and drive a 1977 Ford truck maybe.



    • arlo
      6:01 pm July 19, 2014 Permalink

      if you think its expensive now, wait til they start paying these poor abused indentured college athletes. trickle down baby.