In an interesting development, the Phoenix Suns restricted free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe is being courted by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bledsoe has been holding out for a max deal that the Suns have justifiably been reluctant to offer, however, Fox 10 News Phoenix Sports Anchor Jude LaCava’s sources say a deal is in the works.
NBA sources tell me the Twolves are prepared to offer Eric Bledsoe a Max contract #nba
— Jude LaCava (@judefox10) September 19, 2014
As Minnesota does not have the salary cap space to make a max offer to Bledsoe outright, a sign-and-trade would have to be worked out with Phoenix. Timberwolves reporter Jerry Zgoda for the Star Tribune days he hasn’t heard any indication about how a deal might go down.
Re: @judefox10 report Wolves prepared to offer Bledsoe max deal: it’d must be S-T & I’ve gotten no indication there’s a deal to be made now
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) September 19, 2014
As the Timberwolves already have Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Mo Williams under contract, a sign and trade involving one of their point guards would make sense if Phoenix is interested.
Bledsoe has been hanging around in free agency all summer looking to get the deal he wants and with 10 days to go before training camps open, there appears to be some serious interest at his price.