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Ryan McDonough: Suns want to sign Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker quickly

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker will be restricted free agents in July.
Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker will be restricted free agents in July. (USATSI)

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Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said that he plans to try to reach agreements on new contracts for restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker early in July, via the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro.

"We'll try to do that as soon as possible and not let it get to the point where you'd have to get an offer and we'd match it," Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said.

Tucker said that the Suns have told him they want him back, and it looks likely that they'll both be. McDonough told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne back in December that Phoenix would pay "whatever it takes" to keep Bledsoe. There will surely be other suitors.

When Bledsoe was healthy, he played like an All-Star this season, averaging 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game and shooting 48 percent from the field. At just 24 years old, the point guard will undoubtedly wind up with a huge deal, potentially a maximum contract.

The 29-year-old Tucker is in a different position, but the forward has found his niche in the league as a tough defender and a consistent three-point threat. As a minimum-salary player, he is also due for a huge raise.

Phoenix wants to build on its surprisingly successful season, and bringing Bledsoe and Tucker back would be a good start. If another team quickly offers either one of them a huge contract, though, the Suns might have to reevalute things.

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