Who said free agency was over? With training camp just around the corner the T’Wolves are trying to make another splash. The T’Wolves have already traded their franchise player Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. Now they are trying to upgrade at the point guard position by offering the max contract to restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe has been seeking a max contract deal worth four-years $63 million, which is why he has yet to sign with a team. The talks between the Suns and Bledsoe have stalled since the Suns made it evident that they weren’t going to be in a bidding war against themselves and offer Bledsoe a max deal. Bledsoe turned down a four year, $48 million offer in July. Since then the Suns have sign Isaiah Thomas to add to their backcourt to play alongside Goran Dragić.
The T’Wolves see Bledsoe as a great running mate to Wiggins and LaVine. The addition of Bledsoe would make the Wolves a more explosive and athletic team. The only way Bledsoe can sign with the Wolves Is through a sign and trade because of cap restrictions. Now we have to wait and see if the Suns and Wolves can workout a sign and trade for Bledsoe to land with the Wolves. If they cannot Bledsoe would look to sign a qualifying offer for 3.7 million and hit free agency next summer as a unrestricted free agent with teams like the Knicks and Lakers having money to spend. And it looks like the latter is more than likely to happen with Yahoo Sports reporting that the Suns have no interest in a sign and trade deal. But we shall see what happens.
Remember everything is fluid in the NBA.