NBA Trade Rumors: Top Buzz on Suns' Eric Bledsoe, Tyson Chandler, Jared Dudley

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2017

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Phoenix. Portland defeated Phoenix 110-101. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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The 2017-18 NBA season hasn't even started yet, but the Phoenix Suns could already be thinking about potential trades involving some of their top players.

"The Suns will surely listen if and when suitors call for Eric Bledsoe," Zach Lowe of ESPN reported. "They've explored the possibility of moving off Jared Dudley and Tyson Chandler, sources say, though they likely feel no urgency to dump them; Phoenix remains just under the salary floor."

Bledsoe is coming off the best season of his career, where he set new personal bests with averages of 21.1 points and 6.3 assists per game. He remains under contract for almost $30 million over the next two seasons, although that represents a bargain compared to newer deals.

While Dudley and Chandler no longer have the offensive impact of Bledsoe, they are both valuable roster players known for their defensive ability. Chandler was the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year at center while Dudley is an ideal "three-and-D" wing.

All three players are under contract through 2018-19, although Dudley is also coming off toe surgery that kept him off the court for a few months.

Each of these players could have value on a contender, but in the meantime they are taking away playing time from the younger players on the Suns roster. High draft picks Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Josh Jackson could develop into a top young core around Devin Booker if given the chance to develop.

With the Suns listed at just 500-1 to win a championship, per Odds Shark, thinking about the future is probably the best move for the organization.

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