Eric Bledsoe sent home; Phoenix Suns engaged in trade talks
NBA.com staff reports
PHOENIX — Eric Bledsoe’s time in Phoenix could soon come to an end. The Suns guard was sent home Monday from practice, a day after the Suns replaced coach Earl Watson and replaced him on an interim basis with Jay Triano.
Bledsoe sent a tweet that read “I Dont wanna be here” on Sunday night.
General manager Ryan McDonough said Bledsoe told him that he was at a hair salon and that’s what the tweet was about, that it had nothing to do with the Suns.
But McDonough said he didn’t believe that and decided Bledsoe should leave the team. He said he’s already received calls from teams about Bledsoe’s availability and he planned to answer them. McDonough said Bledsoe had asked to be traded before the season.
McDonough acknowledged his relationship with Watson “wasn’t great” and that it is “time for a new voice, a new direction.”
Now, ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Suns are “engaged in trade talks with several teams”. The Bucks and Knicks are two of the teams reportedly interested, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times and Ian Begley of ESPN:
Sources: Suns engaged in trade talks w/ several teams on Bledsoe. Phoenix soliciting offers with expectation he’s on move elsewhere. https://t.co/mj4raCATlp
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 23, 2017
The Bucks are a team that has expressed interest in trading for Eric Bledsoe, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 23, 2017
The Knicks are among the teams who have reached out to Phoenix recently about trading for guard Eric Bledsoe, per league sources. https://t.co/INmuthUPc6
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 23, 2017
Bledsoe reacted to all of the news surrounding his name with a simple tweet: “Good morning”.
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 23, 2017
The Suns are 0-3 to start the season, which includes two losses by more than 40 points. The 27-year-old Bledsoe has played with Phoenix since 2013 with averages of 18.8 points and 6.0 assists.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.