Best Potential Landing Spots for Restricted Free Agent Eric Bledsoe

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Best Potential Landing Spots for Restricted Free Agent Eric Bledsoe
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Chances are Eric Bledsoe isn't going anywhere. By this point, it's a virtual certainty he'll remain with the Phoenix Suns—at least for now.

But that doesn't mean he should.

His team is now overflowing with very good point guards after the team acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings. Thomas joins Goran Dragic in what the organization envisions as a three-guard rotation (including Bledsoe, of course). With the wealth of talent at the position—and Gerald Green on the wing—it wouldn't be unreasonable for the Suns to desire a more traditional shooting guard.

The small backcourt has certainly shown potential, but there may be better fits for the Suns and Bledsoe alike.

The problem is that Phoenix doesn't seem particularly eager to part ways.

As Arizona Sports Doug Franz put it:

The only way Bledsoe gets his big pay day is if another team wants to show their fans they're trying. The Suns not only have the right to match any offer, no other team can outbid Phoenix.

Another franchise knows the Suns will match so the only reason another team signs is to get attention. Bledsoe will be playing 2014-15 for the Suns no matter what.

Team president Lon Babby suggested as much in February, via Arizona Sports' Adam Green. When asked if the club would match any offer for Bledsoe, Babby said:

I think our answer to that is yes, that we know enough about Eric as a player. 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.

General manager Ryan McDonough expressed a similar sentiment as far back as December.

Could another team pry Bledsoe away? Here are five that should try.

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