Most of the forthcoming rumors should spin different ways in which the Suns could acquire Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love.
But as a restricted free agent, Bledsoe would have to agree on his next destination before becoming part of a sign-and-trade deal. With a few other teams — such as the Los Angeles Lakers — expected to turn their attentions to Bledsoe after whiffing on more high-profile free agents, the Suns’ ability to move him (should that even be a consideration) is limited.
And without Love on the roster (and point guard Ricky Rubio still on it), it seems extremely unlikely that Bledsoe would have any interest in hooking up with Minnesota.
The Suns could instead put Dragic in a package to the Timberwolves, but that would create similar complications. Dragic outplayed his salary by a wide margin this past season and could exercise his player option and become a free agent next season. Unless he’s interested in a long-term arrangement with Minnesota, the Timberwolves would seemingly be wary of signing off on such a deal.
Although the Kings reportedly have been in the market for a facilitator type at point guard, they still can match any deal the Suns could make with Thomas.
A sign-and-trade with Sacramento involving Bledsoe probably will be another rumor, because such a deal would reunite the former Kentucky guard with center DeMarcus Cousins. But better options for the younger half of the Suns’ DragonBlade probably would surface.
Another possibility would be the Suns deciding not to match whatever max contract offer comes Bledsoe’s way and filling his spot in the lineup with Thomas at a lower price. The Suns, however, have repeatedly insisted that they will pay whatever price is necessary to retain Bledsoe.
So, while we can prepare to sift through Suns-related guard chatter, please note it’s still very unlikely they have much, if any, interest in parting with the 24-year-old playmaker.
It also should be remembered that even better gossip has Love possibly aimed at Cleveland if LeBron James decides to have a homecoming.