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The Summer of Eric Bledsoe came to an end with the Phoenix Suns agreeing to a 5 year 70 million contract Wednesday September 24th with their young star in the making. Sources told BSOTS that Robert Sarver still has not seen Bledsoe since April...

On a more serious note ESPN Analyst and friend of the podcast Amin Elhassan joins the show to talk about the contract more in depth. With his experience in the front office it was a no brainer to get his take on this.

In this week's podcast we discuss the numbers for Bledsoe and the Suns, the overall forecast for the team out in the dangerous Western Conference, how this effects future contract negotiations with Goran Dragic, and so much more. Dave asks a lot of questions, I make invalid arguments, and Amin humors us for 70 minutes of hoops talk.


Full Podcast: BS of the Suns Podcast Episode 65 w/ESPN Analyst Amin Elhassan Talking Eric Bledsoe Signing

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The saga is over! Eric Bledsoe agreed to 5-year $70 million contract on Wednesday afternoon that will make the guard the highest paid player on the team. Originally, Bledsoe was holding out for a...

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Here is what both the Suns, and Bledsoe himself had to say about the new deal shortly after Bledsoe was signed to his new contract.

Now that the deal has been finalized, with Eric Bledsoe agreeing to a contract with the Phoenix Suns for the next five years, both parties had a few things to say about the team and their partnership as stated in a press release.

Suns' President of Basketball Operations, Lon Babby, had the following to say about Eric's new deal:

I learned long ago that it doesn’t matter how stormy the sea is as long as the ship comes in and today we are thrilled that the ship has come in and Eric will remain a Sun for a long time...He will be an integral part not only of our basketball team, but our Phoenix community.

Babby addressed the drawn-out, and seemingly contentious contract negotiations that took place over the past almost three months, while showing the Suns' gratitude for being able to sign Bledsoe to a new deal, and their plans to make him a long-standing member of not only the team, but the community in Phoenix as well.

This would be a much welcomed outcome if true, being that many fans have questioned whether Bledsoe ever wanted to be in Phoenix.  Hopefully, now that the dust has settled and the ink has dried, Eric will be able to cultivate a bond with not only the organization and his teammates, but also ingratiate himself among the fans and the community as a whole.

Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough had the following to say about bringing Bledsoe back to the team:

We are thrilled Eric Bledsoe will be in a Phoenix Suns uniform for years to come...Eric is one the most exciting and dynamic two-way players in the league. He played very well for us on both ends of the floor last season and we feel he is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the elite players in the NBA.

This should come as no surprise.  Bledsoe is one of the most dynamic two-way point guards in the NBA, and he made a significant impact on the Suns last year.  In fact, the team was 25-12 when he was in the lineup along side of Dragic last year, and if he can stay healthy, there is no reason to think that he can't have the same effect in seasons to come.

Finally, let's here what the man himself, Eric Bledsoe, had to say about re-signing with the Phoenix Suns:

Lon, Ryan and the Suns have shown confidence in me, and I am looking to take that responsibility and help our team get better from last year and position ourselves to win an NBA championship...It’s why I came back to Phoenix. All summer, I knew that I really would be most comfortable coming back to Phoenix because of the great fans, my Suns teammates and our coaches. I am very happy it was able to work out this way.

This is quite a different response from the seemingly stoic, unemotional Bledsoe that many fans have grown accustomed to hearing from over the past season.  But again, you have to realize that he was aware of his impending restricted free agency, and almost certainly guarded against saying anything that would lessen his leverage, such as saying he wanted to return to the Valley of the Sun.

If Bledsoe is to be believed, this is where he wanted to be all along.  And honestly, why wouldn't he?  It isn't often that a team can go from the expectation of being one of the worst in the league, to a 48 win season and only missing the Western Conference playoffs by one game.

Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, aka The Slash Brothers, were flat out great together.  And now that the Suns have also added a third extremely talented guard to the mix in Isaiah Thomas, and also added a high scoring Rookie in T.J. Warren along with a promising rookie prospect in Tyler Ennis, the 2014-15 Suns team could be an even bigger success story than last year.

The Suns are glad to have Bledsoe back, and Bledsoe seems very happy to be a part of the Phoenix Suns over the long term.

It's a good bet that this partnership will make the fans pretty happy for seasons to come as well.

When the Suns made Eric Bledsoe their 14th player under contract for the coming year by signing him to a five-year, $70 million deal on Wednesday, it closed an anxious summer with a bang. Sort of. A...

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It's finally over!

The Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe have finally agreed to a new deal in the 11th hour of free agency, avoiding what was beginning to look like a no-win situation for both parties.

The Suns and Eric Bledsoe have agreed to a 5-year, $70 million deal, sources told ESPN

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) September 24, 2014

After nearly three months of free agency, with apparently little to no progress being made on negotiations in which the two sides were reportedly apart by over $30 million, a deal has finally been agreed upon that will make Eric Bledsoe a Phoenix Sun for the next five years, at a salary that will average $14 million per season.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the deal is fully guaranteed for all five years with no player options.

Although the Suns initial offer to Bledsoe which was reported to be 4 years and $48 million was thought to be fair market value by most NBA analysts, bloggers, and columnists, Bledsoe and his agent, Rich Paul, were pushing for the full max deal of 5 years and over $80 million.

The Suns GM Ryan McDonough had publicly stated that Phoenix would match any offer for Bledsoe, but those offers never came...not one.

In the only interview in which Bledsoe addressed his free agency situation this summer, he publicly stated that the Suns were "using free agency against (him)".  The feeling from Bledsoe's perspective was that by McDonough stating publicly that the Suns would match any and all offers for Bledsoe prior to the start of free agency, that other potential suitors were scared away from making him an offer.

While there may be some truth to that, it certainly didn't stop other teams from offering max deals to Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward; and in Parsons' case, the Dallas Mavericks were able to get him.

Either way, the other offers never materialized, leaving the Suns' initial offer as the only one on the table.  And while the Suns certainly didn't want to bid against themselves, especially up to the max contract demands of Bledsoe and his agent, they increased their offer by what it took to get a deal done.

But what about incentives or options?  Surely Phoenix must have built in some stipulations into that amount?  Well according to Adrian Wojnaroski and Paul Coro, it appears there are no options in the deal and that the full $70 million is guaranteed.

There are no options in the Bledsoe deal, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Straight five year deal.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 24, 2014

Eric Bledsoe's five-year, $70M #Suns contract starts at $13M with annual $500K raises. No options. No ETOs. No trade kickers.

— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) September 25, 2014

Regardless of whether or not you agree with the years or the amount, this truly is the best outcome for both sides.  The Suns now have a three-headed monster of a back-court, consisting of Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, and Isaiah Thomas.  As Hornacek pointed out after signing Thomas in early July, the original plan all along was to employ a three-guard rotation in which two of them would be on the court at all times.  Bledsoe will bring not only scoring and passing on offense, but the defense that the Suns so desperately need.

As for Bledsoe, signing this deal with the Suns avoids signing the qualifying offer of only $3.7 million for a one-year deal with Phoenix, before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.  For someone with a history of injuries, and who has started in only 78 games throughout his career, that's a huge gamble.

But now, that's all in that past.  The Suns have a player who could become one of the best all-around point guards in the league signed to a long term deal, and Bledsoe finally has a long-term home in the Valley of the Sun.  The Slash Brothers are now a set of triplets, who combined will undoubtedly make one of the most formidable back-courts in the NBA this season, and the Suns will again be one of the teams in the Western Conference to keep a close eye on.

Welcome back, Eric.

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