Suns GM: Bledsoe likely done in Phoenix


The good news for Bledsoe and the Suns is that a few teams are in the market for an upgrade at point guard.

Although most thought Bledsoe's tweet led to Watson's firing, the Suns are now looking to trade the point guard.

In the preseason, Bledsoe arranged a meeting with Sarver and McDonough and requested a trade, league sources told ESPN.

The team announced Sunday night that associate head coach Jay Triano was taking over for Watson as interim head coach.

After tweeting "I Dont wanna be here" on Sunday night, and after coach Earl Watson was sacked, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports Bledsoe was sent home from morning shootaround on Monday and will not play against Sacramento tonight.

"He said he was at a hair salon", McDonough told reporters.

Bledsoe averaged a career-high 21.1 points and 6.3 assists last season and is now averaging 15.7 points, three assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals over 27.7 minutes per game after the Suns' first three contests this season.

Denver (1-1) hosts John Wall, Bradley Beal, and the Washington Wizards Monday night at Pepsi Center. The organization, sources said, argues that the team hasn't improved since Bledsoe took over the bulk of the playmaking duties. "I didn't believe that to be true", McDonough said.

They've lost two games by 40-plus points and allowed 132 points in a loss to the Lakers. "He won't be with us going forward".

The Suns' third loss had a final deficit of 42. As the second-youngest Head Coach in the NBA, Watson developed a strong reputation for prioritizing the development of a young Suns group that includes Devin Booker, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Tyler Ulis, and Josh Jackson. The issues in Phoenix could be the reasons why Bledsoe aims to leave. "I think there's a chance he has". And the Suns, clearly on a mission to tank the season, have no incentive to hold Bledsoe for too high of a ransom.

The 27-year-old spent the first three years of his National Basketball Association career playing alongside Jordan for the Clippers, and fortunately for him, the team is now short a starting guard with Milos Teodosic out indefinitely with a foot injury, so he could be an option.