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2 Eric Bledsoe PG
Height/Weight: 6-1/195 | Birthdate: 12/9/1989 | Birthplace: Birmingham, AL | Team: Phoenix Suns | College: Kentucky | NBA Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 99/91 | Average Draft Position: 51.25
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Suns guard Eric Bledsoe goes for 25 against Raptors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points against the Raptors on Monday.

Bledsoe shot 8-16 from the field, including three from beyond the arc. He also sunk six free throws. He also pulled down seven rebounds and six assists. 


Suns guard Eric Bledsoe posts double-double Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe posted a double-double Friday against the Hornets. 

Bledsoe shot 8-17 from the field, including 3-7 from beyond the arc. He also hit all three of his free throws. Bledsoe also managed to pull down 11 rebounds and dished out five assists. 


Suns guard Eric Bledsoe leads the way Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe led the way Friday against the Kings.

Bledsoe was just average from the field, hitting 9-19 shots and 1-5 from downtown. Still, he managed to lead the Suns with 23 points. Bledsoe also pulled down five rebounds and dished out eight assists. 


Suns PG Eric Bledsoe toiling away on mid-range jumper


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Slashing Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is working on expanding his offensive horizons. He is attempting to improve his mid-range jumper.

Less than one-fifth of his shots last season were hoisted between 16 to 24 feet from the basket. He is seeking to take greater advantage of defenders backing off to counter his quickness to the hoop. And that makes Jeff Hornacek happy.

"I see a lot of Kevin Johnson in his strength and ability to get to the basket," Hornacek told the Arizona Republic. "If you can come down full bore and hit the pull-up jumper from anywhere between 15 and 20 feet, teams are going to just be back there going, 'What the heck do I do?' You can't just lay back and play the drive because then he just kills you with the jumper."

A successful addition to his arsenal could make Bledsoe a force. He blossomed last season to average 17.7 points and 5.5 assists per game.


What does Eric Bledsoe re-signing mean?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Suns finally ended their standoff with restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe Wednesday, as they brought the 24-year-old back into the fold on a massive five-year contract. That leaves the Suns with a crowded and clowdy backcourt situation, as far as Fantasy owners are concerned.

Bledsoe combined with Goran Dragic to form one of the most productive backcourts in the league, as both players thrived on the stat sheet. Bledsoe averaged a career-high 17.7 points per game, a mark Dragic bested en route to his own career-high of 20.3 points per game.

Part of the reason both players were so productive is the team relied heavily on each for creating and scoring, which lessened the pressure on both. Though the Suns weren't hard up for productive scorers, they lacked off-the-dribble creators beyond those two, a flaw they shored up with the addition of Isaiah Thomas on a three-year deal this offseason. Thomas is, of course, the big loser in this scenario.

Thomas was one of the most productive guards in the league himself a year ago, racking up 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game while soaking up 26.3 percent of the Kings' possessions in 34.7 minutes per game. He should see all of those numbers fall off drastically this season, making him an extremely risky pickup for Fantasy. He should still find a decent amount of playing time, but it is hard to imagine the diminutive Thomas being a consistent starting Fantasy option if Bledsoe stays healthy. He is more of a handcuff option, if you invest heavily in Bledsoe early. 

Gerald Green, who played 36 percent of his minutes at shooting guard last season, will also lose out, following his breakout campaign. He still has value, but is more of a low-end option for category-based formats.


Eric Bledsoe signs five-year deal with Suns


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) The Suns' protracted negotiations with guard Eric Bledsoe finally came to an end Wednesday, as ESPN.com reports the two sides have finally agreed on a deal.

According to reports, the Suns have signed Bledsoe to a five-year deal worth $70 million, with all five years guaranteed. The two sides had been unable to reach an agreement prior with reports indicating they were as much as $4 million per year apart in negotiations, with Bledsoe reportedly threatening to sign his $3.7 million qualifying offer as a restricted free agent for one year.

Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds in just 32.9 minutes per game a year ago, but was limited to 43 games due to knee surgery. 


Suns extend qualifying offers to Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) The Suns officially extended qualifying offers to guards Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker Friday, making them restricted free agents.

The Suns could see plenty of turnover in their roster this offseason, and both players could be coveted in free agency. However, the team retains matching rights for both and are likely to return to Phoenix next season after being key pieces of the team's near-miss of a playoff spot.  


Eric Bledsoe continues solid play


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has found his way in recent games, after looking a bit rusty in his return from knee surgery.

Bledsoe put up his fourth 20-point game in a row Wednesday against the Wizards, after failing to do so in each of his first five games back. He scored 23 points on 8 of 18 shooting with three 3-pointers made, and filled up the box score nicely in 37 minutes. Bledsoe added six rebounds, seven assists and three steals, though he also turned the ball over seven times, which has been an issue recently.

Bledsoe has been cleared for a bigger role over his last four games, topping 30 minutes in each. He is averaging 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game since returning from injury. 


Eric Bledsoe looks solid in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) The Suns brought Eric Bledsoe off the bench for his first appearance in nearly two and a half months, but that doesn't mean they eased him back into action. Bledsoe played 32 minutes and nearly recorded a double-double in a 110-101 loss to the Cavaliers.

Bledsoe clearly had some rust to knock off with his jump shot, as he finished the game 5 of 16 from the field and just 1 of 6 from three-point range. He was still productive overall, finishing with 15 points and nine assists without a turnover in his 32 minutes of action. 

Bledsoe's got plenty of catching up to do after missing a big chunk of the season following surgery on his knee. If Wednesday was any indication, however, he isn't going to have much trouble doing so. He is averaging 17.8 points and 5.9 assists per game in 25 appearances this season. 


Eric Bledsoe makes his return Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) As expected, Suns guard Eric Bledsoe is making his much anticipated return to action Wednesday, having fully recovered from knee surgery. Bledsoe, who has been out since Dec. 30, will come off the bench in his first action, as confirmed by the team's digital reporter.

Bledsoe has played in just 24 of the team's 63 games, but was enjoying a breakout season prior to the injury. He is averaging 18.0 points and 5.8 assists on the season. 


Eric Bledsoe still shooting for return vs. Cavs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe is still targeting a return Wednesday against the Cavaliers. He was ruled out for Monday against his former team, the Clippers, according to the Arizona Republic.

Bledsoe has not played since Dec. 30, and has been rehabbing from knee surgery since Jan. 10. He was enjoying the best season of his career prior to the injury, averaging 18.0 points and 5.8 assists per game in 24 games.


Eric Bledsoe could return Monday


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has been targetting a Wednesday return from his two month absence, but the Arizona Republic reported that he could take the floor as soon as Monday when Phoenix travels to play the Clippers. 

"It's up to him," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "“For the first few games, we’ll bring him off the bench."

Hornacek cited the Suns' success with Bledsoe starting alongside Goran Dragic, but was quick to point out how well Gerald Green had done filling in as a starter. 


Eric Bledsoe expected to return Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe practiced Saturday and will likely make his return from knee surgery on Wednesday against the Cavaliers, according to The Arizona Republic.

Bledsoe was given a three-game window for his expected return, running from Sunday against the Warriors to Wednesday against the Cavaliers. He has not played since Dec. 30, and has been rehabbing from surgery since Jan. 10. He was enjoying the best season of his career prior to the injury, averaging 18.0 points and 5.8 assists per game in 24 games.

Eric Bledsoe has three-game window for return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has established a timetable for his return from knee surgery, according to The Arizona Republic Wednesday.

Bledsoe, who has been playing in scrimmages in recent days, has a three-game window for his expected return, running from Sunday against the Warriors to Wednesday against the Cavaliers.  According to the report, Sunday's game is the least likely of the three possibilities, since the Suns play again Monday against the Clippers.

Bledsoe has not played since Dec. 30, and has been rehabbing from surgery since Jan. 10. He was enjoying the best season of his career prior to the injury, averaging 18.0 points and 5.8 assists per game in 24 games. 


Eric Bledsoe moves to 5-on-5 drills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe took part in 5-on-5 drills on Sunday and is expected to increase his work in the coming days if his knee continues to have no pain or swelling, according to The Arizona Republic.

"You can see the explosiveness," general manager Ryan McDonough said. "You can see the burst, the ability to get by his guy and create separation and finish at the rim."

Bledsoe has been sidelined since late December while recovering from knee surgery. He has averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 assists over 24 games played.

Eric Bledsoe could move to 5-on-5 drills soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe took part in 3-on-3 drills on Friday, and barring any setbacks, he could move to 5-on-5 drills on Saturday, according to the team's official website.

Bledsoe has been sidelined since late December while recovering from knee surgery. He has averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 assists over 24 games played.

Eric Bledsoe participates in 3-on-3 at practice


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe took part in 3-on-3 in Monday's practice, marking his first work beyond individual drills since undergoing knee surgery, the Arizona Republic reports.

Bledsoe, who has been sidelined since late December while recovering from the surgery, could soon be available for full 5-on-5 work. He has averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 assists over 24 games played.


Eric Bledsoe ramps up his workload


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe continues to progress in his rehabilitation from knee surgery, as he took part in some 1-on-1 drills Saturday. According to The Arizona Republic, Bledsoe increased his workload at practice Saturday, incorporating more basketball moves while working out with player development coach Corey Gaines.

Bledsoe has not played since late December as a result of the surgery, and he still has no firm timetable for returning. Still, both Bledsoe and the team remain confident he will be back before the end of the season.

He was in the midst of a breakout campaign before the injury, averaging 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 assists per game. 


Eric Bledsoe participating in agility drills


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe is participating in agility drills with spot-up shooting, Arizona Sports reports.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek is "gradually building up" and that he'll need three or four days of practice once cleared for action before returning to the court in a game situation. However, Hornacek had no idea as to when that would be.

Bledsoe is recovering from January meniscus surgery and may be able to return this season if he doesn't suffer any setbacks in his recovery. He has averaged 18.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists over 24 games played this season.


Report: Suns plan to match any offer made for Eric Bledsoe


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby told the 98.7 FM Arizona Sports radio earlier this week that the team plans to match any offer made for injured guard Eric Bledsoe. He's expected to be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

"I think our answer to that is yes, that we know enough about Eric as a player," Babby said. "Even more importantly, we've lived with him now for almost a year as a person. We like everything about him. Like him as a teammate, like him as a representative of our franchise and everything that he stands for."

Bledsoe is roughly five weeks removed from a surgery that repaired his torn meniscus, and remains hopeful of playing again this season. He was averaging 18.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists through 24 games played before suffering the injury.


Suns optimistic about a post All-Star break return for Eric Bledsoe


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) It's been five weeks since Suns guard Eric Bledsoe underwent knee surgery to repair his torn meniscus, and the team is "encouraged" by his progress to date. According to the Arizona Republic, many within the organization believe Bledsoe "could return not long after the All-Star break."

Bledsoe had been enjoying a stellar year, averaging 18.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. The team still hasn't nailed down an exact timetable, but this latest report suggest that we'll see Bledsoe take the floor again before the season is over. 


Eric Bledsoe progressing, expected to run more


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) Suns guard Eric Bledsoe was reevaluated over the weekend as he recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery and is continuing to make progress, NBA.com reports.

"Doctors said everything looks good," head coach Jeff Hornacek said. "He’s going to continue his rehab. I think because they got that ‘OK’, they’ll step up his workload and continue to push him to get back as soon as he can."

Bledsoe has completed the strength-building portion of his rehab and is expected to run more as he moves to the speed and endurance portion of his rehab. He has averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds over 24 games played.


Eric Bledsoe not rushing back from knee injury


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) Based on recent quotes from Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, it isn’t a question of when he’ll be back, but rather a question of “if” he’ll return this year. The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday that Bledsoe was noncommittal about taking the court again this season.

“If it’s possible,” Bledsoe said. “I’m taking it slow.”

Bledsoe had a piece of his meniscus removed Jan. 10, halting a breakout season that saw him average 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.


Report: Eric Bledsoe had piece of meniscus removed


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) The Suns announced a successful surgery for guard Eric Bledsoe last week, adding that the team hopes to have him return this year. According to The Arizona Republic, Bledsoe had a piece of his meniscus removed instead of another repair, which he underwent in 2011 for the same knee.

As of now it’s unclear whether Bledsoe had a piece of his meniscus removed, or if he had his meniscus removed entirely, as another report suggested.

Either way, this procedure gives the Suns more hope that Bledsoe could return sometime after the All-Star break. But if the report of a complete removal is true, it could spell knee trouble down the road, as we’ve seen with Dwyane Wade, who had a complete removal in 2002. The 24-year-old Bledsoe was averaging 18.0 points and 5.9 assists per game before undergoing surgery.


Eric Bledsoe has successful surgery, could return this year


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Amid all the bad news, the Suns got a glimmer of hope, as the team announced that, following successful knee surgery, Phoenix hopes to have guard Eric Bledsoe back this season.

"Bledsoe will immediately begin a recovery and rehabilitation program and will pursue a possible return to action during the second half of this NBA season," the team said in a press release. 

Bledsoe was averaging 18.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game on the season before going down with injury.