We are now approaching a full month of Eric Bledsoe being a restricted free agent.
No team has signed Bledsoe to an offer sheet to force the Suns to match — something they have repeatedly said they would do — and the team and his camp aren’t close to an agreement themselves, reportedly.
The Suns’ offer — in the range of four years for $48 million — and Bledsoe are as much as $30 million apart.
A source told CSNNW’s Chris Haynes the Suns and Bledsoe are nearing a point where the relationship could be strained for the long haul.
According to league sources, an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations. It has even escalated to the point where the “relationship is on the express lane to being ruined,” a source with knowledge of the situation informed CSNNW.com.
Bledsoe commented on free agency for the first time last weekend, only saying he understands what the Suns are doing.
Bledsoe appeared in 43 games in his lone season with the Suns, averaging 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest.