The Suns feel like they have a cornerstone combo guard in Eric Bledsoe, and according to reports, they are trying to lock him up long term.
Arizona Sports is reporting that the Suns are working on a contract extension for Bledsoe on par with DeMarcus Cousins and others in his draft class.
Suns GM Ryan McDonough, while on Arizona Sports 620’s Burns & Gambo show Wednesday, agreed that Bledsoe does figure into the team’s long-term plans.
McDonough said contract talks with the fourth-year player have gone “pretty well” to this point.
“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.
“With Eric, there’s more projection. Some would say there’s more risk, but I’d also counter that there’s more upside,” McDonough, 33, said. “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.”
Bledsoe essentially has to work out for the Suns, or it will set the franchise back years. I agree with McDonough, he should be locked up.
He’s an exciting and dynamic combo guard.