Reports suggests Suns offer sign-and-trade deal for guard Eric Bledsoe…
The Phoenix Suns have reportedly reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves with a last minute trade offer for power forward Kevin Love.
According to ESPN sources, the Suns have enquired about the possibility of acquiring Love in a sign-and-trade deal with guard Eric Bledsoe.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Timberwolves will be swayed by the offer, particularly given that No.1 overall pick in the 2014 Draft Andrew Wiggins is now eligible for trade and had been expected to depart in order for Love to move to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick were also included in the deal, and physical tests and official presentations were expected to be scheduled next week.
However, the Suns are attempting to spoil the party if rumours are to be believed, with suggestions that there would be a three-team deal involving the Philadelphia 76ers with Thaddeus Young moving to Minnesota.
Meanwhile, Bledsoe is currently a restricted free agent and is unlikely to re-sign with the Suns, but if there are no other options on the table then he is expected to sign a one-year qualifying deal which will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The Suns have offered the guard a four-year deal worth $48m, but Bledsoe has rejected that contract and talks haven’t been forthcoming in the past few weeks as he looks to hold out for a maximum five-year deal worth $85m.
Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists in 43 games last season, however he also missed 39 games due to a knee injury that required surgery, and it is unlikely that Phoenix will give in to his demands and are hoping to be able to include him in a deal to acquire Love from under the noses of Cleveland.