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.