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Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough addressed the Eric Bledsoe ordeal with agitation during a radio interview with Arizona Sports Radio 98.7 on Tuesday.
“I think Eric’s a good person,” McDonough said. “I think he’s unfortunately gotten some bad advice and is listening to the wrong people. I think generally, any time you sign a contract, it doesn’t only work one way. It works both ways, and for a guy with years on his contract to say or intimate he didn’t want to be here anymore, I didn’t find that to be appropriate, and I think if he says he wants to be a leader, that’s the opposite of what a leader does and the opposite of what leadership is. So I think that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
Bledsoe, 27, is a 6-foot-1 guard. He tweeted Sunday he didn’t want to “be here anymore.”
McDonough said Bledsoe told him it was in reference to a hair salon. McDonough added that he didn’t believe Bledsoe — and believed the tweet was in reference to the team.
Bledsoe is represented by Cleveland-based agent Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James, John Wall, J.R. Smith and others. Paul became an agent via a friendship with James, and GMs around the league have begun to strongly question his negotiating methods.
Bledsoe is said to be seeking a trade to a contender. He was hoping for a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer, sources said, and while the Suns and Cavs held talks, no deal was reached. Bledsoe was disappointed to be heading back to a losing situation in Phoenix, sources said.
“[Eric’s] a talented player and a good player, but like I said, I think he’s just being a little bit misguided at the moment with some of the advice he’s getting,” McDonough added in the interview.
Later, McDonough admitted the team is taking calls in its attempts to move Bledsoe.
“If you can imagine, my phone was ringing a lot yesterday,” McDonough said. “The ideal time to get a deal done is whenever the best offer presents itself. So we’d be fine doing it sooner rather than later. At the same time, he’s under contract for this year plus next year. We sent him away from the team to eliminate that distraction. So we’re willing to do a deal, we’re open to do a deal whenever the best offer presents itself.”
Bledsoe was sent home Monday morning after a meeting with team officials. He has not returned.
The Suns are 1-3, but 1-0 without Bledsoe.