The NBA offseason has seemingly come and gone in waves, with fans anxiously awaiting the decisions of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony for days, then an avalanche of signings in the immediate aftermath and now something of a dead period where news trickles in slowly.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t still rumors floating around regarding some of the best remaining players on the market. For one, Eric Bledsoe’s future is in limbo, and Mike Scott could be taking his talents internationally.
With that in mind, here is a look at the latest from the Association as the offseason continues.
Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest filled fans in on the latest regarding Eric Bledsoe and his relationship with the Phoenix Suns:
According to league sources, an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations. It has even escalated to the point where the “relationship is on the express lane to being ruined,” a source with knowledge of the situation informed CSNNW.com.
Phoenix offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal earlier in the offseason, but he is searching for a max deal. Given the limited amount of talent remaining on the market, the argument can be made that Bledsoe deserves max money, but the Suns’ apparent willingness to match any offer sheets has likely discouraged many other squads from reaching out.
Where will Eric Bledsoe play next year?
Bledsoe’s camp could very well see Phoenix’s proposed deal and reported willingness to match other offers as undermining the market, which led to the sour relationship.
Bledsoe is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and averaged 17.7 points a night last year, but he is an injury risk. He missed large portions of the 2013-14 campaign with ailments, so he may have to prove his durability in the near future before receiving any eventual large offers later in his career.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports provided an update on Mike Scott:
Preference remains to stay in NBA, but Atlanta RFA Mike Scott considering lucrative three-year offer with CSKA-Moscow, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 29, 2014
This is certainly an interesting development because Scott improved in his second season in Atlanta. He averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds a night after seeing limited playing time as a rookie and impressed in the NBA playoffs against the Indiana Pacers.
In fact, Scott poured in 17 points on five-of-six shooting from behind the three-point line in a Game 5 victory in that series. It was the first time he really landed on the radars of many NBA fans.
Scott also improved on his long-range stroke (he hit 31 percent of his 200 attempts last year) and commented on such improvements, via Ed Miller of The Virginian-Pilot: “I was working over the summer, working on my range. With repetition comes confidence and I was confident in shooting.”
All that improvement and a coming-out party in the postseason would seem to indicate brighter things on the NBA horizon for the 26-year-old Scott. Apparently, that may not be the case.
Shams Charania of RealGM noted that Terrence Williams could find himself back in the NBA soon:
Free agent guard Terrence Williams has a workout and meeting with the Kings on Thursday in Sacramento, league source tells RealGM.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 29, 2014
Williams is a former No. 11 pick out of Louisville, so the talent is definitely there. However, he has been out of the league since the 2012-13 campaign, where he played in 24 games for the Boston Celtics down the stretch.
Interestingly, if the Sacramento Kings did sign Williams and he made the squad, it could force a trade if the team wants to stay beneath the luxury tax.
Williams has played for a number of teams throughout his brief career, but he spent the majority of his past season with the Los Angeles Lakers D-League affiliate. He posted nightly averages of 20.5 points, 6.4 assists and five rebounds, which likely caught the Kings’ eyes if they offered this workout.
Time will tell if he makes good on the opportunity.
Follow me on Twitter: