The markets for Eric Bledsoe and Greg Monroe couldn't be any different, but the outcome for both will likely be the same. They entered the offseason in search of maximum contracts, but the funds simply are no longer available to satisfy that desire.
Bledsoe's situation has been more public, and therefore easier to read. As sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, the Phoenix Suns have offered him a four-year, $48 million deal, but he's been trying to get a five-year, $80 million contract.
That isn't going to happen.
The Suns aren't going to bid against themselves, and the contract they offered is more than fair for a player who has twice undergone surgery for a torn meniscus in the same knee. Considering Bledsoe has only made 78 starts in his entire career, there is even less motivation to meet his demands.
As for Monroe, his story is even murkier.
The Detroit Pistons have expressed a desire to keep him around, but they have left all options open. David Mayo of MLive.com wrote that it's "true" Monroe wants a max deal, but his throwback game could keep him from seeing that money in this or any market.
"On offense he is tethered to the paint and the post, the only spaces on the floor from which he can score," wrote Sports Illustrated's Rob Mahoney. "Defensively, Monroe is big enough to get in the way of opposing scorers but blocks shots at the same rate as Mike Dunleavy."
Bledsoe doesn't have the history to warrant a max-contract commitment, and Monroe might not have the game for one in today's pace-and-space NBA. Expect both to return to their current clubs, either for their one-year qualifying offers or on longer deals that fall well short of their coveted salaries.
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