Many NBA teams consider Eric Bledsoe as the best free agent still available. Although his desire to secure a max contract may have scared teams away from approaching him with an offer sheet.
Bledsoe, an unrestricted free agent, turned down an offer from the Suns that would have netted him $48 million over four years, or $12 million a year. But that isn’t good enough for the combo guard. The Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks are now reportedly very interested in acquiring Bledsoe via sign-and-trade.
From Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:
Before the Lakers decided to make an amnesty claim for Carlos Boozer, occupying more than $3.2 million on their salary cap to ensure more space next summer, NBA sources said they considered making a bid for Phoenix restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Although the Lakers already acquired former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin and his $14 million salary for this upcoming season, it was only to create more space next summer. Bledsoe could have been the team’s point guard of the future. Teams such as Houston and Milwaukee are considering bids for Bledsoe, who remains the biggest free agent on the market.
Bledsoe only played in 43 games last year, and just 40 for the Los Angeles Clippers two years before that. So his durability is definitely questionable. If Bledsoe wants the five-year max, Milwaukee is probably his best option. If he’s all about the money, then the Bucks would be a good fit for him.