I know we heard something about this before, but there has been subtle but distinct change. The word reasonable has been removed from equation. So now it is "the Suns will match any
reasonable offer for Bledsoe. Here is a snippet from a very good overall article
Sarver said his duty is to provide the best health care possible for his players, and that his players have to feel comfortable before returning to the court. He also said he doesn’t need Bledsoe to return in order to match any contract offer that might be coming to the restricted free agent this off-season.
"I think we had a pretty good idea of who Eric was when we traded for him," Sarver said. "So I wouldn’t say we need to see more of him to match any offer. Obviously, we’d like to see more of him because our team plays better when he’s playing. And we’re competing (now), we’re making a playoff run this year. And I think if we can get him back, not only can we make a playoff run, we have a chance to be a team that can win in the playoffs, too."
This seems to eliminate what we all think he is worth, since Sarver's word pretty much trumps everything. I am sure a lot of it is just a ploy to get other teams to back off. Other teams may not want to be held captive like we were a few years ago with another Eric. I like it. When you think about it we are something like 8-9 without Ebled and 16-8 with him. If we take that percentage into account we would be 27-14 and in first in the division and in line for homecourt in the West with a very young team. Sounds worth it to me. What say you?