Suns GM: Delaying extension negotiations made Bledsoe camp 'hostile'
After appearing on the "Bickley & Marotta" radio show Tuesday, during which the Suns executive opined that Bledsoe's representatives were leading him astray, McDonough picked up where he left off Wednesday, this time with 98.7 FM's "Burns & Gambo" show.
In light of reports that Bledsoe's camp requested a trade in the preseason, McDonough explained how the organization's relationship with Bledsoe soured so quickly, pointing to the 27-year-old's desire to negotiate a contract extension well ahead of his free agency in summer 2019.
"Eric (was) eligible for a renegotiation and extension of his contract," McDonough said, according to Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports. "... With two years left on his contract, we did not feel like that was something that made sense for the team. We told Eric and his representatives that was something that we were potentially open to discussing next summer with one year left on his deal. I guess they didn't like that answer and took kind of a hostile approach and kind of shut down and distanced themselves from the team. I think that's where the approach came from."
Bledsoe is owed a prorated $14.5 million over the remainder of the current season, and $15 million in the 2018-19 season. Per HoopsHype, that makes him the 77th-highest paid player in the league this season. For now, Bledsoe will earn his money away from the hard court, as the team sent him home.
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