According to Mike Ortiz Jr., the editor of dystnow.com, the New Orleans Pelicans are among one of six teams interested in trading for Eric Bledsoe, the starting point guard of the Phoenix Suns. Other interested teams include the Knicks, Nuggets, Bucks, Cavaliers and Pistons.
Sources: Knicks and Nuggets are heavily interested in Eric Bledsoe. Bucks, Cavs, Pistons, and Pelicans are also interested.— Mike Ortiz Jr. (@OrtizDYST) October 23, 2017
If you missed the news over the weekend, Bledsoe announced his disdain about playing for Phoenix publicly on Twitter. The Suns front office responded Monday by sending him home after a meeting prior to shootaround, and he is not expected to suit up against the Sacramento Kings.
This isn't the first time Bledsoe has voiced his displeasure with the Suns. According to those close to the organization, he asked out of Phoenix previously because he wants to go to a playoff contender.
The Suns won a combined 47 games over the last two seasons, finishing last and second to last in the Western Conference. Before the start of this season, many predicted Phoenix to finish in the cellar, or close to it, once again for the 2017-18 campaign.
Considering the Pelicans limited number of appealing assets (Frank Jackson, Cheick Diallo, middling future picks) and their proximity to the salary hard cap, it’s highly improbable New Orleans beats out the offers of the other interested teams. The Pelicans would have to send similar salary back to Phoenix, but it’s difficult to fathom the Suns accepting in return the multi-year deals of Omer Asik, Alexis Ajinca and/or Solomon Hill regardless of trade sweetners.
The Nuggets have reportedly offered a package that includes Emmanual Mudiay and Kenneth Faried, while the Knicks are flirting with the idea of sending Frank Ntlikina and Willy Hernangomez in exchange for Bledsoe.
Stay tuned as it appears Bledsoe has likely played his last game for the Suns, but expect for him to land somewhere other than New Orleans. :(