The Phoenix Suns have reportedly offered point guard Eric Bledsoe to the New York Knicks as part of a package deal to obtain their number four overall Draft pick.
Bledsoe averaged 17 points and 6.1 assists per game last season despite going through a lengthy off-season contract dispute, and continued to be a key part of the team.
The Suns traded Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat and Isaiah Thomas to the Boston Celtics to leave him as their primary point guard, but that is possibly about to change as reports claim that they have been shopping him around ahead of the NBA Draft on Thursday.
“The Suns had talks with the Knicks about dealing the fourth pick for point guard Eric Bledsoe and the No. 13 pick, but Phoenix has not been limited to the Knicks in that regard,” Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reported.
“The Suns have been dangling Bledsoe in trade offers this offseason and are likely to continue to do so after the draft if Bledsoe is not moved this week, sources confirmed.”
It is difficult to see what the Suns are doing as they have essentially gone from playoff contenders to rebuilding their roster, as if Bledsoe leaves then that would leave Brandon Knight as their only legitimate point guard.
Losing Dragic and Thomas was disappointing after boasting a quality three-man rotation in the backcourt, but it became clear that the trio couldn’t co-exist and the situation wasn’t getting the best out of them.
As a result, keeping Bledsoe gives Phoenix a strong base to work from and there is an argument to suggest that he wouldn’t be a good fit in New York given their triangle offense and his ball-dominant approach.
It is unlikely that a deal will be made between the two franchises, but Bledsoe leaving the Suns this summer shouldn’t be ruled out entirely as it appears as though they are open to the idea.