Eric Bledsoe has made headlines over the last few days with a surprising tweet saying simply, “I don’t want to be here.” Ryan McDonough, Suns general manager, later came out and said that Bledsoe was talking about being at a hair salon that his girlfriend brought him to. McDonough did not believe Bledsoe which is why the Suns have dismissed Bledsoe from team activities and are actively trying to trade him.
The Knicks have been amongst the teams rumored to be interested in Suns Point Guard, Eric Bledsoe. According to BBallInsiders, the Knicks would have to part ways with C Willy Hernangomez and 8th overall pick, G Frank Ntilikina for Bledsoe. Here are some reasons why the Knicks should not accept this deal.
First of all, this is a point guard who basically got his coach fired. Earl Watson was fired on Sunday after the Suns failed to register a win in their first three games of the year. It was very early in the season and things weren’t off to a great start, but to fire Watson three games into the season is ridiculous. It seems like the Bledsoe situation is just the result of boiling frustration within the organization.
Second of all, Bledsoe has had a history of injuries during his career. Bledsoe has only played over 70 games twice over the last 6 years. Not to mention he has a contract worth 5 years, $70 million. The last thing the Knicks need is to have another player on their team that is overpaid and not playing–Joakim Noah.
Thirdly, let’s just analyze the players that the Knicks are supposedly giving up. Willy Hernangomez was selected for the All-NBA Rookie 1st team last year after putting up 8 PPG and 7 RPG, while only playing 18 MPG. It’s only been one year but Hernangomez is on the right track to becoming a big time player here in New York. Trading Hernangomez at this point in his career would be foolish.
Frank Ntilikina was the 8th overall pick in the draft his past year. Before everyone rushes to conclusions that he’s a bust, let’s all just realize that he is only 19 years old. Remember what happened when we thought that Kristaps Porzingis was going to be a bust? Porzingis was basically in the same situation that Ntilikina is in right now. Trading him at this point for Bledsoe would not be on the right timeline for the Knicks.
The Knicks are in rebuilding mode and trading for a 27 year old, injury prone point guard would derail the Knicks from the rebuilding mode and put them in state where no NBA team wants to be in. Not a bad team, but certainly not a good team either. By trading away two future pieces, the Knicks would further themselves into years of being bad and will take away from the chance of being a really good NBA team in the future.
Think about it, even if the Knicks do make the deal for Bledsoe, the Knicks aren’t going to win an NBA title. They would probably barely make the playoffs. No one besides the Warriors, Cavaliers, Thunder, Rockets and Spurs have a chance at winning an NBA title for the next 3 or 4 years, at least. By the time 4 years comes around, Bledsoe will probably be on a new team because his contract expires or he will be 31 years old and out of his prime on the Knicks.
This just doesn’t make any sense for a team that just barely got finished cleaning out their team by getting rid of Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks don’t need another controversy on a team that has been the center of controversy for the last 3 seasons.