It's been a while since you've seen any Suns basketball, and some of us may have forgotten just how good Eric Bledsoe is. Above is the scouting report on him done by the great Mike Schmitz of Take some time to refresh your memory (and see some great 2013-14 Suns highlights).

As we've found out this summer, Bledsoe appears to be a mercenary. He wants the money due to him, and his and his agent's opinion is that he deserves a max deal. At this point, no one can offer as much as the Suns can offer*, and the Suns know this as well as anyone else.

The Suns are offering more than anyone else can/will offer this summer at 4 years, $48 million. Bledsoe wants $84 million over 5 years.

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1989 Phoenix Suns Autographed Shirt

This is an interesting shirt independent of the signatures.  It screams late 80's, early 90's NBA fan apparel style.  This shirt from the '89 playoffs features the "Cotton Express" versus the "Team of the 80's."  This was one of the better seasons in Phoenix history.  The Suns finished third in the Western Conference with a 55-27 mark.  Phoenix swept the Denver Nuggets and knocked out the Golden State Warriors 4-1 before falling to the Lakers in four games.  The Suns took home a slew of individual awards that season, including Most Improved Player (Kevin Johnson), Sixth Man of the Year (Eddie Johnson), Coach of the Year (Cotton Fitzsimmons), and Executive of the Year (Jerry Colangelo).  Besides KJ and EJ, the shirt also features the signatures of Tom Chambers, Jeff Hornacek, Tyrone Corbin, Mark West, and Steve Kerr.  Bidding starts at 40 bucks, buy it now for $125, shipping runs another $10.

Phoenix Suns 1990 Samurai Pin


A nice addition to any collection, and budget friendly to boot.  For just $8.50 after shipping you can own this Phoenix Suns samurai pin from the 1990 season.  The pin was created to commemorate the first NBA regular season games played outside of North America, November 2nd and 3rd, 1990 in Toyko, Japan.  The Suns met the Jazz with Phoenix taking the first game, Utah the second.  Game one featured a 38 point 10 rebound performance from Tom Chambers in a Phoenix blowout.  Game two saw Karl Malone go for 29 and 14 in a one point Jazz win.

1969 Phoenix Suns "It's A Whole New Ball Game" LP

Another Suns bargain at 8 bucks after shipping.  This Chevy promotional item features "extensive radio broadcast of the suns vs lakers 7 game playoff series."  The '69-'70 Suns finished the regular season as the three seed in the Western Conference with a record of 39-43.  Red Kerr was out as head coach after getting off to a 15-23 start, and Jerry Colangelo led the team to a 24-20 record the rest of the way.  The series with the Lakers started in the Suns favor.  Phoenix raced out to a 3-1 lead.  The Suns were ultimately unable to move on though, with Los Angeles winning in seven games.

Phoenix Suns Dunking Gorilla Bobblehead

A little bit more elaborate than the stadium giveaway you're used to getting, this was originally given away during the 2007 season.  The seller states, "This is definitely one of the toughest, if not the toughest, NBA mascot bobblehead to find, this Dunking Gorilla bobblehead rarely, if ever, shows up for auction and even more rare than that they NEVER seem to be available in their original factory box - this one comes with its original box!"  Which of course means he or she has no idea as to the rarity of the item.  As far as bobbleheads go, this is among the more expensive, 160 bucks and another 11 to ship.

2011 Channing Frye Game Worn "Los Suns" Jersey

Finally, the opportunity to remember a fan favorite.  Frye wore this jersey three times in the 2011-12 season for the NBA's "Noche Latina" games.  This piece comes with a letter of authenticity that lists the games in which it was worn.  $456 after shipping and it's in your man cave.

Dionte Christmas was waived by the Phoenix Suns today

Dionte Christmas, whose $1.15 million salary would have otherwise been guaranteed next week, was waived by the Phoenix Suns today.

Christmas averaged only 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds last season, and only appeared in 31 total games.  However, Dionte's biggest contribution to the team was as a teammate and a motivator at games, practices, and in the locker room.

From purely a basketball standpoint, the decision to waive Christmas seems like a good one.  With an influx of guards who will be fighting for playing time as it is, there wasn't much room for Dionte on the roster.

However, from a team standpoint, one has to wonder whether losing Dionte could have a bigger impact on team chemistry and cohesion, as his positivity and encouragement for his teammates was an invaluable asset that led to the rare camaraderie experienced by the Suns last season.

At any rate, with Christmas no longer a part of the Suns, that leaves 13 players currently on the roster, not counting Eric Bledsoe who has until Oct. 1 to sign a new contract or the qualifying offer.

As for Christmas, he'll have the opportunity to catch on with another NBA team, or possibly head overseas where he's sure to have plenty of options.

Either way, he's an excellent glue-guy who has a chance to be a bench contributor for the right team in need of depth.  I'm sure he'll find his way onto someone's roster...It's just too bad it couldn't be here in Phoenix.

We'll miss you Dionte.

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