Suns try to steal Love

Mere hours before the blockbuster “Wiggins for Love” trade that would see the most recent number 1 overall pick traded before playing a meaningful minute for his new team, the Phoenix Suns have stepped in and offered the Minnesota Timberwolves Eric Bledsoe in a straight up trade for Kevin Love.

 

The deal is mooted as a sign-and-trade because Bledsoe is still to sign the $3.7m qualifying offer that Phoenix extended his way after the two were unable to come to an agreement on his new contract – Phoenix offered Bledsoe, who spent half of last season injured, four years and $48m, similar to the deal Kyle Lowry signed in Toronto, whereas Bledsoe wants five years and $85m, rather a lot for someone who has only recently started to look like a player who might merit that sort of commitment from a team.

Love is stuck with whomever the Timberwolves want him to play for.  His contract expires in two years’ time, but he has a player option in a year which he will almost certainly use to opt out of this deal.  Word was that he was set to sign a five year, max-level deal with Cleveland in 12 months, which could still happen regardless.

 

 

Phoenix make this move in the knowledge that they would still have a chance to make a pitch to either player next year, but perhaps feel that they can do more to attract Love to stay than Bledsoe, who was very impressive in their two-guard attack along with Goran Dragic, who also has a player option a year from now, but is perhaps somewhat more replaceable with the arrival of Isaiah Thomas from Sacramento on a four year $27m contract.

Will Minnesota fancy their chances better with Bledsoe, something of a known quantity, or Wiggins, all expectation?

The plot thickens…


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Andrew was something of a latecomer to the game of basketball, having given up rugby after leaving high school. Joining Edinburgh’s fabled Pentland Tigers, he quickly moved on to the East Lothian Peregrines in the Scottish national league before moving to Belfast where he played with Queens and then with Belfast Star. After a year in the superleague, he moved back to Scotland and played with the Scottish Rocks in the BBL. He “retired” (the McDermott rule for using the word “retire” instead of “stopped playing” does require you to have been paid to play, so technically he retired) and moved to Seattle where he began life as an academic, which currently sees him working at University College Dublin. He is a legitimate non-frontrunning Miami Heat fan, having taken up following the team in 2001.

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