The Phoenix Suns have held multiple trade conversations during the past 24 hours, but as of Tuesday afternoon, it appeared they had made little progress in attempts to move Eric Bledsoe.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are among those that have shown a strong interest in Bledsoe, league sources said. But the Suns’ asking price is said to be especially high.
“Right now, it’s borderline preposterous,” one opposing general told Amico Hoops. “It should come down eventually. It has to.”
Bledsoe was sent home by the Suns early Monday, long before the team’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Suns GM Ryan McDonough later admitted that the team is working on trading the 6-foot-1 combo guard.
Opposing executives unquestionably view Bledsoe as extremely talented and a game-changer. He averaged 21.1 points and 6.3 assists last season, and is a strong and determined defender.
But by sending him home from shootaround, the Suns make it seem as if Bledsoe could be some sort of problem — cheapening his value.
Either way, the Suns are said to be seeking a young player and a draft pick, or a young player and some established veterans.
It was reported that they asked the Knicks for big man Wally Hernangomez and rookie guard Frank Ntikilina, but the Knicks turned the potential deal away.
“That’s actually a stunner to me,” the opposing GM said. “If that was actually the offer, why are the Knicks clinging to these unknowns?”
Either way, Bledsoe is still with the Suns, and it could be that way for a few more days — or perhaps weeks.