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Eric Bledsoe is hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors, and the Phoenix Suns point guard seems to be OK with it.
“I love everything about (Phoenix),” he told the Arizona Republic. “At the same time I want to win.”
Bledsoe has mostly been linked to Cleveland. He is represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports — the same agency that represents Cavaliers forward LeBron James, guard J.R. Smith and center Tristan Thompson, among other NBA players.
Bledsoe has even worked out at the Cavs’ practice facility in the past.
So Bledsoe’s name makes sense when it comes to the Cavs. That’s especially the case since All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has told the Cavs he wants to be traded.
There have been no real talks between the Cavs and Suns involving a Bledsoe-for-Irving swap to this point, but many around the league seem to think that will change.
“Bledsoe may be a better fit for Cleveland,” one opposing executive told Amico Hoops. “Plus the Cavs could get something else. I bet that conversation takes place at some point.”
Bledsoe, 27, is still young, but perhaps not young enough for the Suns. They are trying to go full speed ahead with a youth movement.
“We got Josh Jackson. James Jones (in the front office). But for the most part, I don’t care,” Bledsoe told the Arizona Republic about the Suns’ offseason. “Whatever team we have at training camp I’m going to play my heart out for. I just control what I can control. Getting better every time I step onto the floor.”
Jones, of course, was hired for a front office role with the Suns after spending three years as a player with the Cavs. He knows the organization well.
So, yes, all of these connections make Bledsoe-to-the-Cavs something on which to keep an eye.