You gotta love it when a plan comes together. Phoenix Suns guard ERIC BLEDSOE joined the club via trade with the L.A. Clippers last July and has become a major reason for the Suns (19-11) surprising resurgence in the Western Conference this season. But Suns management was hesitant about signing Bledsoe to a contract extension, choosing to take a wait-and-see approach instead as the Oct. 31 deadline came and went. The move may prove to be most beneficial for Bledsoe as he enters the market as a restricted free agent this summer.
Bledsoe the Beast: Given a chance to run his own team, Eric has flourished mightily in Phoenix. Already blessed with tremendous physical attributes, Bledsoe further enhanced his overall strength and ability courtesy of a strict workout regimen.
According to an ESPN story, Suns GM Ryan McDonough is prepared to do whatever it takes to sign Bledsoe to a lucrative deal. Within reason, of course.
“Obviously we don’t have a whole lot of money committed for the future, we don’t have a lot of long-term contracts on our books. So we’ll have no problem stepping up and paying Eric whatever it takes to keep him,” McDonough said.
The whole situation came about however because the Suns are winning and Bledsoe properly prepared himself to succeed. Playing back up to Chris Paul in L.A. for the past three seasons, the fourth-year guard got an opportunity to play major minutes in Phoenix and has not disappointed. Bledsoe is averaging 18 points, 4 rebounds and nearly 6 assists this season.
“I was telling [my agent] over the summer, if the contract doesn’t happen I’m ready to play a full season,” Bledsoe said. “I was confident because I’d worked hard all summer, and I knew that I was going to play a lot more than I did the last three years, so I was ready.”
Yup. Ready to take a huge leap in salary and effectively solidify his financial future after this season. See what can happen when you put in the work? I’m just sayin’…