Trans. Apr 18 3:48 ET (Apr 18 3:48 ET ) Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough is plotting the team's future after an unexpectedly successfully season, and he's confident that future includes Eric Bledsoe. McDonough, speaking at an end-of-season news conference on Friday, said the backcourt of Bledsoe and Goran Dragic ''is among the NBA's best.''' Bledsoe is a restricted free agent and McDonough has repeatedly said the Suns will match any offer another team may make. He says the Suns would prefer to work out a deal before free agency begins.
The Scoop:He was superb in his first season with the Suns and the team did not extend his contract heading into the season. However, the Suns will almost do anything they can to bring him back, and Bledsoe seems to be a part of the team and wasn't happy about missing out on the playoffs. "The way we lost the last couple games to the Spurs and Dallas, it definitely put a taste in my mouth," Bledsoe said. He'll have high-end fantasy value next year no matter where he lands.
The plan seemed simple to outsiders when the Phoenix Suns' season began. Behind a dynamic backcourt of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, and under the steady guidance of first-year coach Jeff Hornacek, the Suns were transformed from an ugly 25-win mess in 2012-13 to an entertaining, high-energy bunch that just missed the playoffs. And while that disappointment lingered, the Suns realized they had outperformed expectations by a mile.
Both the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks were recently overrun by the San Antonio Spurs, who rolled to clinching home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Now the two teams battle each other to gain the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker in Dallas on Saturday night while aiding their hopes of avoiding the reigning Western Conference champions in the first round. San Antonio wrapped up the league's best overall record after storming past Phoenix 112-104 on Friday night. Eric Bledsoe had 30 points and 11 rebounds while finishing one assist shy of a triple-double, but the Suns (47-32) dropped into a tie with Memphis for the eighth and final playoff spot - one-half game behind Dallas - and now must put aside the sting of blowing a 21-point second-quarter lead in quick fashion.
Eric Bledsoe just missed a triple-double against the Spurs during a tough 112-104 loss on Friday, scoring 30 points with 11 boards, nine assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on 11-of-16 from the field.
The Scoop:It's the fourth game without Goran Dragic for Bledsoe this season, but this was his best effort of any of those four. Bledsoe is filling up the stat sheet over his last five, averaging 21.6 points, 5.8 boards, 5.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.0 triples on 57.4 percent from the field. He's an absolute beast for fantasy owners and will be very high on our board next season.