By Kareem Gantt on June 6, 2014
Eric Bledsoe is certainly one of the most coveted free agents this offseason, and for good reason. Bledsoe was as good as advertised in his first year as a Phoenix Sun, putting up career highs in points and assists while almost leading the Suns to a surprising playoff berth. So now that he is an unrestricted free agent, let's look at the five cities that Bledsoe could be calling home next season.
The Lakers desperately need a starting point guard who can also relieve a lot of the scoring pressure off of an ailing Kobe Bryant. Bledsoe could be that player, but knowing the Lakers, the team will likely look forward to the 2015 free agent class to find their next franchise player.
In reality, the Jazz are a point guard away from being playoff contenders in the ultra-tough West, and Bledsoe could be the guy to get them over the hump. He would be a perfect complement to Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Derrick Favors. The Jazz might already have their point guard in Trey Burke, but then again, an experienced player at the point may be what Utah needs.
Just like the Jazz, the Magic are really just a point guard away from being playoff contenders. Bledsoe would fit nicely with Victor Oladipo to form possibly one of the most explosive backcourts in the East. But it remains to be seen if the Magic are willing to open their checkbooks this summer or wait until 2015 when the free agent class is expected to be loaded with franchise caliber players.
Even though they have Isaiah Thomas, the Kings could use a starting two guard who can create their own shot and set up teammates. Bledsoe fits that profile, but as I mentioned earlier, Sacramento already has Thomas, who is rapidly becoming a star in his own right. So the Kings may feel like they have no need for Bledsoe, which, in a way, would be a mistake.
Bledsoe could just stay put in Phoenix, and he has the right team around him that can make another run at a playoff spot next season. But rumors coming out of the Valley of the Sun suggest that Bledsoe wants to test his value on the market, so we will have to see if the Suns are successful in keeping the star guard.
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