The contract extension talks between Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns have hit a stand still. The Sacramento Kings have emerged as one of three or four teams who could potentially acquire Bledsoe. The Phoenix Suns have a log jam at the point guard spot, including recently acquired Isaiah Thomas. Thomas signed a very team friendly deal and could easily fill the starting two guard spot, should Bledsoe be traded. If Bledsoe were moved, it would likely come via a sign and trade.
The question would become, what the Kings would need to give up to make the deal? The Kings have young talent, expiring contracts and a 7.5 million dollar trade exception that could help facilitate the deal. In a perfect world the Kings could move some of their depth at power forward, moving either Carl Landry or Derrick Williams. The Suns lost Channing Frye in free agency. Landry or Williams could fill the minutes as a stretch four with the Suns. While I would not be as enamored with moving second year guard Ben Mclemore in the trade, if it was the piece Phoenix wanted in return, the Kings should pull the trigger.
Eric Bledsoe could take the starting point guard role away from Darren Collison or play the off guard role to utilize his scoring. Not only is Bledsoe an upgrade on the offensive end at either guard spots, but his defense is among the best in the league. Moving Bledsoe into the role vacated by Isaiah Thomas would not only make the starting unit stronger but would add depth to their bench. Collison has been more successful in a reserve role and could flourish as the teams back up point guard. It would become difficult to get minutes for second year point guard Ray McCallum to find minutes if a trade is made.
Eric Bledsoe is a former teammate of Demarcus Cousins from their time at the University of Kentucky. The two players having a relationship already would help make the transition a smooth one. The Sacramento Kings would add another young piece to their core and could be on their way to building a strong team. The potential to make a move for Josh Smith still looms. If the Sacramento Kings can add both Smith and Bledsoe for next season, they may be in contention for a playoff spot. Making the playoffs is something the Kings new leadership continues to push as its goal.