Bledsoe still unsigned but still in Suns’ plans

Suns GM Ryan McDonough maintains Eric Bledsoe will wear a Suns uniform next season.

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The Suns have maintained roster and financial flexibility to make a major transaction. But the next big move figures to involve Eric Bledsoe, their restricted free-agent point guard.

With no offer sheets from other teams thus far moving Bledsoe to sign, the Suns have avoided bidding against themselves.

When questioned about Bledsoe’s status in an interview during Tuesday’s NBATV telecast of the Suns’ summer league game from Las Vegas, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said keeping the budding star continues to be the plan.

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Since last week’s signing of free-agent point guard Isaiah Thomas, assumption by peripheral media outlets now considers Bledsoe — or even Goran Dragic — expendable.

"Eric’s a big part of this team," McDonough said. "We feel like the strength of our team is in the backcourt and we feel like we’ve added to that and made it an even greater strength with the signing of Isaiah Thomas.

"We’ve created a system where we have multiple ball handlers who can run pick and roll, create a lot of shots, score efficiently and create shots for others. Our top priority is to bring Eric back, keep him in a Suns uniform and build on last year."

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