(NEW YORK) — The Phoenix Suns have been one of the surprising teams in the NBA early on this season. Leading the charge is soon-to-be free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe. Suns’ general manager Ryan McDonough will do all he can to retain the talented young player.
“We have some advantages,” McDonough told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne on keeping Bledsoe. “We’re able to give him another year, five instead of four if we choose. We’re able to give him higher-percentage increases than other teams too. And then if another team makes an offer, we can always match that.”
“So we feel like we’re holding the cards with Eric, and more importantly, I think Eric’s had a good experience here so far,” he continued.
The Suns acquired Bledsoe during the offseason in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. Even though he had been a role player with the Clippers, the Suns were hoping he’d take the next leap with more playing time. The gamble paid off as Bledsoe is averaging 18.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game. All are career-highs for the 24-year-old Bledsoe.
Through 31 games, the Suns hold the seventh spot in the Western Conference.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN