Point guard Eric Bledsoe is stepping into a new role with the Phoenix Suns and he is up for a contract extension until October 31st. After that point he would be up for restricted free agency at the end of the year. That would not be ideal.
“With Eric, there’s more projection. Some would say there’s more risk, but I’d also counter that there’s more upside,” Ryan McDonough, GM of the Suns, said to Arizona Sports. “He does some unique things athletically. I think he’s the best shot-blocking guard in the league. If he plays extended minutes, which he will for us, I think he might lead the league in steals. He has a unique potential.”
Thanks to the tweet below for the discussion of Bledsoe the young talent.
— InsideHoops.com (@InsideHoops) October 24, 2013
Leading the league in steals would be huge, but the main part of his game that Bledsoe must step up is as a scorer and distributor.
“If we’re not able to work out a deal (by Oct. 31), we would start next summer with Eric as a restricted free agent, but obviously we’re hoping to get something done before that,” the general manager said.
It is going to be a rough year for the Suns, so hope they can get an extension done here so they can try to minimize the pain likely to occur next season.