Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is looking for a new hair style.
Or, to put it more accurately, a new NBA team for which he can play.
When the 27-year-old tweeted “I don’t wanna be here” on Sunday, then later told Suns general manager Ryan McDonough that it was a reference to his unwanted presence at a particular hair salon and not some sort of trade demand, the curtain on his situation was finally pulled back. The notion of Bledsoe being unhappy in Phoenix has been widely known for months now, and the Sunday firing of coach Earl Watson clearly put his frustration level over the top.
Silly story be darned, Bledsoe was sent home by the team and is not expected to play against Sacramento in tonight’s home game. According to McDonough, who didn't believe Bledsoe's salon story, "(Bledsoe) won't be with us going forward."
If history is any indication – and it is – then he should get his relocation wish sometime soon.
From Goran Dragic to Isaiah Thomas and now to Bledsoe, the Suns have been struggling in this department in recent years. High-level players grow tired of the losing and the perceived lack of direction, and eventually start eyeing the exits when the hope doesn’t float anymore.
Being told this is doubtful, partly b/c Beverley, Austin Rivers, Lou Williams means plenty of capable ball-handlers https://t.co/WkgPEZo1za— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) October 23, 2017
Dragic requested a trade on Feb. 17, 2015, and was gone two days later to the Miami Heat after he clearly wasn’t a fan of the three-guard lineup that the Jeff Hornacek-coached Suns had employed (along with Thomas and Bledsoe). Thomas was sent to the Boston Celtics on that same day. In Bledsoe’s case, this was a long time coming.
Even before he became an unwilling poster boy for tanking last season (the Suns decided to bench him while healthy for the final 15 games while giving more time to young Tyler Ulis), he was known to be frustrated with this rebuilding experience. From a 48-34 mark in Hornacek’s Coach of the Year campaign in 2013-14 to the rapid decline – 39 wins in the following season, then 23 and then 24 – the wheels have long since fallen off. The only question now is where he goes.
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