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LeBron James backs Eric Bledsoe, tells Suns to ‘break bread’

LeBron James Eric Bledsoe

LeBron James expressed his support for Eric Bledsoe in an Instagram post on Friday where he told the Phoenix Suns to pay the man.

James shared the photo seen at top on Instagram that shows him working out with Bledsoe. He also included the following caption:

“Great work today lil bro @ebled2!! Future All-Star in this league in no time. PHX break bread. #Klutch #Work #GymRats #StriveForGreatness”

Bledsoe is the only remaining unsigned restricted free agent in the NBA. Bledsoe’s agent wants a max contract for his client but they have not received any max offers. The Suns have offered a 4-year, $48 million contract, but that’s not enough for Bledsoe’s agent.

With very little leverage and no offers coming, Bledsoe might have to sign a qualifying offer this year and become an unrestricted free agent next year.

Suns offer Eric Bledsoe for Kevin Love trade to T-Wolves

Eric Bledsoe SunsThe Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers has been agreed upon and is expected to go through on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the Phoenix Suns from making a last-minute offer for the big man.

According to ESPN, the Suns offered Eric Bledsoe to Minnesota for Love in a sign-and-trade deal.

Bledsoe and the Suns are at odds over the emerging guard’s contract situation.

Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and has been offered a 4-year, $48 million deal by the team. Bledsoe is seeking a max deal for 5 years and $80 million from Phoenix, or a max deal of four years and $64 million if another team signs him to a max offer sheet.

After a contentious offseason where the relationship between Bledsoe and the Suns soured, reports said this week that the Suns were finally willing to sign-and-trade deals for the point guard. They’re not going to get Love for him, but this further shows they’re looking to trade Bledsoe.

Eric Bledsoe’s relationship with Suns reportedly on verge of being ruined

Eric Bledsoe SunsEric Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and has a qualifying offer on the table from the Phoenix Suns, but not the long-term contract offer he is seeking.

Bledsoe wants max money from Phoenix and reportedly wants a five-year, $80 million deal. The Suns supposedly offered him a four-year, $48 million deal. But Phoenix has said they will match any contract offer for Bledsoe, which he believes has limited his options and resulted in no teams signing him to an offer sheet. That has him upset.

Here’s what CSN Northwest’s Chris Haynes reported Tuesday:

According to league sources, an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations. It has even escalated to the point where the “relationship is on the express lane to being ruined,” a source with knowledge of the situation informed CSNNW.com.

This sounds like a threat coming from Bledsoe’s camp. If they get the 5-year, $80 million max money deal they want, I’m sure all feelings will be fine.

But you have to wonder what Phoenix is dragging their feet for. Bledsoe had a great season and was a huge reason for the team’s surprising success. The Suns are planning to have him team with Goran Dragic as part of a great backcourt, but they also acquired Isaiah Thomas and drafted Tyler Ennis, leaving many to wonder why they were going so point guard-heavy. Did they stack up on guards because they thought they might lose Bledsoe? I’m not sure this makes sense.

Eric Bledsoe has great response for Twitter hater

Eric-Bledsoe-SunsThe Phoenix Suns were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday night with a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Having to sit out the postseason must be particularly disappointing for a guy like Eric Bledsoe, who was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers last offseason. Being shipped to a bad team is never fun.

Bledsoe had a lousy night on Monday. He scored just 13 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field and was just 1-for-4 from beyond the arc. After the game, he had to put a Twitter hater in his place.

If this was 1995, the entire school yard would be yelling “ohhhhhh!!!!!!!” right about now. Bledsoe’s response wasn’t quite as elaborate as the way we have seen some other pro athletes shut their followers up, but it got the job done. He won the battle.

H/T Beyond the Buzzer

Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler traded to Phoenix Suns; Clippers get JJ Redick

JJ Redick BucksThe Los Angeles Clippers were dangling backup point guard Eric Bledsoe in trade talks over the past month, and they finally have dealt him.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Bledsoe and Caron Butler are headed to the Phoenix Suns as part of a three-team trade involving the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks. The Clippers are sending Bledsoe and Butler to Phoenix and will receive Redick from the Bucks, and Jared Dudley from Phoenix. Milwaukee is getting a pair of second-round picks in return for trading Redick, per Wojnarowski.

Redick will head to the Clippers in a sign-and-trade deal, per Woj. He will get a four-year deal worth $27 million.

Though the Clippers may have been reluctant to trade an athletic, talented point guard like Bledsoe, they are getting two valuable pieces in return. Redick’s specialty is outside shooting, and he has also improved his defense since being drafted in 2006. He is a player who understands his role and does not demand the ball unlike many other shooting guards, which should make him a good fit for the Clippers, who already have a few top players like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Like Redick, Dudley is also a top outside shooter. Dudley is a career 47.3 percent shooter from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range.

With the addition of Dudley and Redick, it’s clear that the Clippers are trying to improve their outside shooting.

Redick was an unrestricted free agent, so the Bucks didn’t do poorly by getting a few draft picks in return for him. The Suns are getting an exciting guard in return for Dudley, and they get a solid player with an expiring, inexpensive $8 million contract in Butler. The deal should work well for all three teams.

Eric Bledsoe dunks lob from Chris Paul with crazy power (Video)

eric-bledsoe-dunkEric Bledsoe did his best Blake Griffin impression on Friday night by ferociously throwing down a lob from Chris Paul during the Clippers’ 97-85 win over the Sacramento Kings. The third-year guard got crazy height on his jump, and he went flying through the air to power home the pass from CP3 in the final minute of the game.

Bledsoe only had six points and a horrific seven turnovers in 19 minutes, but his ridiculous dunk is what people will remember. That much height and that much power from a guy who’s only 6-foot-1? If he entered the dunk contest, he could probably put on a show like Nate Robinson. My goodness. Lob City indeed.

Chris Paul tweeted the following after the game:

Let’s also give it up to the Clippers for setting a franchise record with their 12th straight win.

Who Knew Eric Bledsoe Could Jump Unbelievably High? (Picture)

There is a picture floating around the internet right now that — to our knowledge — is not photoshopped.  Most of the highlights you will see from Tuesday’s Melo League vs. Goodman League game involve Kevin Durant and LeBron James.  We are no strangers to highlight reels filled with LeBron and K.D. material, but the most impressive physical feat of the day belonged to Eric Bledsoe.  Check out this Eric Bledsoe dunk attempt picture, courtesy of the Severna Park Voice via I Am a GM:

Perhaps this is the guard that should be in the Slam Dunk Contest next season (if there is one), not Brandon Jennings.  If Bledsoe can jump that high he could obviously put on a show.  Make it happen.

Photo Credit: Colin A.J. Murphy/Voice Media