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Eric Bledsoe says Suns using restricted free agency against him

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Offseason: Free Agency | Latest from Ken Berger | Rumors

Phoenix Suns restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe has been just about silent while in limbo. On Saturday, though, in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., he said that he's stuck because of restricted free agency rules, via Kyle Burger of WVTM-TV.

"First off, I'm letting my agent, Rich Paul, handle it," Bledsoe said. "I can understand the Phoenix Suns are using [being a] restricted free agent against me. But I can understand that."

Bledsoe is the top free agent still available, but there's not much of a market for him anymore. He went into free agency hoping the Suns or another team would offer him a max deal, and it hasn't happened. He's essentially right when he's saying that the Suns are using restricted free agency against him, as there's no way things would have played out this way if he was unrestricted.

Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough has repeatedly made it clear that he intends to match any offer sheet for Bledsoe, and this past week president Lon Babby said the organization planned to bring him back. This has scared other teams away, and Bledsoe hasn't had any leverage with the Suns. It's hard to fault Phoenix for waiting this out, but it'd be nice if the two sides could get something fair done.

Eric Bledsoe isn't saying a lot about his situation.
Eric Bledsoe isn't saying a lot about his situation. (USATSI)

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