Amid rumors of bad blood and stalled negotiations between the Phoenix Suns and restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe, owner Robert Sarver says the team has every intention of breaking the icy silence, and inking the 24-year old to a long-term deal.

Increasingly though, it seems as though both sides will have to settle for a $3.7 million qualifying offer (making Bledsoe an unrestricted free agent next summer.) Per the AZ Republic:

“We value Eric as a player,” Sarver said. “I hope at some point we’ll be able to sit down and meet with those guys and make a deal.”

 

“Maybe that’s just posturing and negotiating,” Sarver said of the reports. “We haven’t heard from the guy in four months, so I couldn’t tell you. I do know that when he played here, he felt good about the organization, his coaching staff and his teammates at the end of the season. We had the same feelings toward him.”

 

“Hopefully, at the end of the day, Eric comes here and does a contract,” Sarver said. “If that doesn’t happen, then he’ll be here for a year and we’ll have a year to figure it out on both sides.”