As you may have noticed, there’s been no progress between the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe on a new deal. Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, has yet to accept the Suns’ contract offer of four years and $48 million. The PG reportedly wants a max five-year deal worth around $84 million.
According to Jude LaCava of Fox Sports 910, it appears the Suns may be giving up on the partnership. LaCava had this to say on an 8-19 broadcast:
“I do believe in my NBA sources. You can take this to the bank, so to speak, the Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe.”
So where could the talented PG land if the Suns do in fact decide to deal him?
The most popular rumored landing spot is no doubt with the Los Angeles Lakers. Here’s a possible trade scenario that was allegedly proposed a couple weeks back involving Julius Randle:
Hearing that Lakers have moved to front of the Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade line. Suns want Julius Randle + HOU first-rounder.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 20, 2014
This proposed swap will no doubt get Lakers fans talking, because some feel that Randle has a very bright future. But at the same time, the Lakers could use a PG the caliber of Bledsoe, specifically on the defensive side of the ball.
Carlos Boozer currently pencils into the starting No. 4 spot in L.A., and you have to wonder if the Lakers are willing to re-sign the 32-year old long-term. If they feel like he’s got a good amount of gas left in the tank, they could opt to go with him at PF and bring on Bledsoe.
Stay tuned as more landing spots for Bledsoe are sure to emerge.