With training camp just around the corner, the Eric Bledsoe issue remains unresolved in Phoenix, but that may soon change.
According to multiple reports, the Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to engage the Suns in a sign-and-trade, and have offered the restricted free agent guard a max contract.
Bledsoe has made it clear that he’s willing to ink a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer with the Suns enabling him to enter unrestricted free agency next summer. Per ESPN:
The Wolves are offering Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million maximum-level contract that he has been seeking, sources said. Bledsoe and the Suns have been in a stalemate all summer after the team offered him a four-year, $48 million deal in July.
This is a renewal of talks that have stretched over the past several months. The teams had discussions involving a Kevin Love trade that would involve Bledsoe but never made serious traction on a deal.
The Wolves, who acquired No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins after trading Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers last month, see Bledsoe as a strong running mate to their new franchise player and have made some aggressive offers to Phoenix to try to get them to accept a deal.