Eric Bledsoe proved he could stay healthy in 2014-15, missing just one game for reasons unrelated to his health. The question of whether he could be a Fantasy difference-maker had been answered the previous year, but he provided us with more evidence, finishing 23rd among all players in Fantasy points per game and 11th in total Fantasy points. We still aren't quite sure how he will fit in with the Suns next to Brandon Knight, who signed a massive extension this summer but played just 11 games after a trade due to injuries. The good news is, Knight is more of an off-ball player than Goran Dragic, Bledsoe's former backcourt mate, so the gains Bledsoe made as a playmaker should stick. There are enough great guards out there that you don't want to reach on Bledsoe, but he is a tremendous option as your second guard, and is worth targeting by the 3rd or 4th round on Draft Day.
Bledsoe (knee) is now doing on-court activity as part of his rehabilitation process, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports. Bledsoe, who underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in late December, seems to be progressing as anticipated to this point. He'll steadily increase his rehabilitation activities during the offseason with the hope of getting back to full strength by the time training camp commences.
Bledsoe (knee) underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus Tuesday, and he'll miss the remainder of the season, John Schuhmann of NBA.com reports. Initially, the Suns had hoped Bledsoe could return around the All-Star break, but team doctors opted to repair, rather than remove, his torn meniscus, which entails a lengthier recovery period. As such, Bledsoe will miss the remainder of the year, cutting his season short after just 31 games. The Kentucky product was off to the best start of his career, holding averages of 20.4 points, 6.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three, up from 32.4 last season. In Bledsoe's extended absence, Brandon Knight will take over as the lead guard, with both Devin Booker and T.J. Warren in line to step into larger roles. Booker started in Bledsoe's place Monday night against Cleveland, while Warren came off the bench to score 23 points in 27 minutes.
Bledsoe (knee) is expected to miss six weeks following surgery for a torn meniscus, Paul Coro of azcentral.com reports. Bledsoe's return timetable is now definitive, and he is looking to return to action sometime in mid-February. Devin Booker will likely get the first opportunity to start in Bledsoe's absence. Ronnie Price, Sonny Weems, and Archie Goodwin, could all see extra time in the Suns backcourt rotation while Bledsoe recovers.
Bledsoe (knee) was diagnosed with a torn meniscus and will undergo surgery Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reports. The report doesn't specify whether Bledsoe's meniscus will be repaired or removed. The first path would be preferable for his long-term outlook, but with the caveat of a longer recovery timetable. Bledsoe actually had both procedures on his other knee, first getting his right meniscus repaired shortly before the 2011-12 season, and then having it removed during the 2013-14 campaign. The first procedure led to a four-month absence, compared to a two-month absence for the removal. With the injury erasing any slim hopes of playoff contention, the Suns will likely place more weight on the long-term implications, though it's still possible that removal will be the best option. Head coach Jeff Hornacek said Devin Booker will likely join the starting lineup alongside Brandon Knight, who figures to see a bump in usage rate and possibly also playing time. Ronnie Price, Sonnie Weems and Archie Goodwin could also help fill the void for what will likely be a very bad team over the next few months.
Bledsoe (knee) could be sidelined until after the All-Star break, Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports. The Suns still haven't announced the results of the MRI that Bledsoe underwent Sunday morning, but those familiar with the point guard's condition seem to believe that a multi-week absence could be on tap. The long-term loss of Bledsoe would likely doom the Suns' chances of capturing the eighth seed in the Western Conference, as the 25-year-old is in the midst of a career-best campaign, averaging 20.4 points, 6.1 assists, four rebounds, and two steals across 34.2 minutes per contest. Expect the Suns to make an announcement soon regarding the extent of Bledsoe's injury along with a possible return timetable.
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