Apr 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) dribbles against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Miami Heat should sign Eric Bledsoe

Amidst LeBron James signing a reported two year, $42.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Miami Heat are now trying hard recover from the franchise altering loss.

There have been reports that Miami is negotiating with Luol Deng on a deal that would pay him $20 million over the next two years, but now it seems like Miami will be in a bidding war to acquire him. Teams such as the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks (if Houston decides to match the offer sheet for Chandler Parsonsare reported to be interested in his services.

While pairing Luol Deng with Wade and Bosh sounds all well and good, I believe there is a better free agent Miami should aggressively pursue.

Eric Bledsoe a.k.a “Mini-LeBron” is still on the free agent market and Miami should extend the max offer (4 years/$63.065 million) to assure they get him.

The Phoenix Suns have Goran DragicArchie Goodwin, rookies Bogdan Bogdanović and Tyler Ennis, and recently acquired Isaiah Thomas; not to mention guys like Gerald Green and P.J. Tucker both get minutes at SG. Keeping Bledsoe would create a logjam and Phoenix wouldn’t be able to fully utilize all the talent that they have on their roster.

Regardless, Phoenix seems as though they are willing to do that. However I do not believe they’d be willing to do that at a max price. Miami should sign Eric Bledsoe to the max offer sheet.

If the Miami Heat have any plans to contend in the Eastern Conference next season they are going to need a point guard. Having James eliminates that problem, but he’s long gone now. Look at the point guards in the Eastern Conference: Kyrie IrvingDerrick RoseJohn Wall, Deron Williams, Kyle Lowry, Rajon Rondo, Kemba Walker and even Jeff Teague.

Who is going to stop or limit them?

Don’t worry I’ll wait… Exactly.

Yeah Eric Bledsoe is a pretty good offensive player but he’s even better on defense. Some recognize Bledsoe as an elite-defender.

Miami currently has Norris Cole and rookie Shabazz Napier slotted in as the PGs for the upcoming season, can those guys actually compete with the PGs in the Eastern Conference? Really?

Eric Bledsoe gives Miami someone to build around for the foreseeable future. Wade is out if his prime, Bosh is out of his prime. You can’t build your franchise around those two guys anymore.

Eric Bledsoe is 24 years old and he has a high ceiling that he hasn’t even scratched the surface of yet. I’m talking superstar talent. Bledsoe averaged 19.4 points, 6 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals per 36 minutes last season. Those are all-star caliber numbers in Bledsoe’s first season as a full-time starter.

Imagine what he could be doing two-to-three years down the line?

Hey, Pat Riley, this makes too much sense. Phone up Rich Paul and offer Bledsoe the the four-year, $63 million offer sheet and let’s get him in a Heat uni.

This would be a great thing for Heat fans especially after losing out on LeBron. He would instantly become a fan favorite. Imagine Eric Bledsoe on a fastbreak taking it to the rim and finishing with a jam.

Tags: Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade Eric Bledsoe Free Agency Lebron James Luol Deng Miami Heat Pat Riley

  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    I agree. I would rather have Bledsoe than deng. I’ve been posting this on all articles.

  • http://www.goodshepherdamericanbullies.com Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    AGREED!! #LeggoHeat !!

  • Arizona Jim

    He’s getting the MAX from PHX. Likely Dragic is going to be moved for Love so SUNS want to keep him.

    • John Ahearn

      Dragic is going nowhere – that’s just dirt kicked up by media chatter. Suns are ecstatic to find their top 10 player, and he hasn’t even peaked yet. Why would they release him knowing he can evolve into an MVP candidate elsewhere? Not gonna happen. Granted Bledsoe could be a top 10 player someday, but isn’t in Dragic’s league right now. Suns will need to release him or sign n trade.

    • knowitall

      suns don’t want to offer max deal to him, that’s why they haven’t came to a deal yet, most suns offering is 4yers 48mil right now

  • JohnCz

    Also agree that the Heat should be going after Bledsoe. Though extending Wade’s contract to fulfill this might limit our ability to draw a Durant or Westbrook in 2016/2017 free agency. Btw, I think Bosh will be much more effective then you suggest.

    Curious what the Heat coaches think of Oden & Beasley vs bringing in our development players. I would love to have our youngest players get some Wade/Haslem/Bosh mentorship before the 2016/2017 season .. when they would be expected to start.

  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    If Miami had ever had better than a 0% chance of actually getting him, this would have been spot on.

  • Clearly Biased Suns Fan.

    Everyone seems to forget that he is RESTRICTED. Phoenix also doesn’t have a “log jam” at PG. Their coaching staff has already stated they intend to run a three guard rotation, with Isaiah Thomas off the bench. Miami doesn’t have a chance of signing him, but than again, people in hell want ice water.

    • John Ahearn

      Phoenix certainly does have a logjam at PG, regardless of what they’ve been saying. Miami isn’t dumb – look for Bledsoe in a sign n trade, possibly in a 3 team deal.

      • Clearly Biased Suns Fan.

        Keep dreaming.

        • knowitall

          false. suns and Bledsoe cant agree on contract right now. article was spot on at the time, but heat cant get Bledsoe anymore

          • Clearly Biased Suns Fan.

            So, what’s the point of this comment? Clearly I was right in saying Miami would never get Bledsoe….

  • Mikey G

    Do you think the Suns don’t know he’s a superstar who “hasn’t scratched the surface yet”? Why wouldn’t they match anything for him, build upon last year’s success, then worry about keeping the unrestricted Dragic when the time comes? That’s just bad business. Something the old Suns might’ve done under a less wise Robert Sarver.

    • John Ahearn

      That’s a big worry Mike, but I hear ya. All comes down to what’s available. I gotta believe they’re about to jump into the hunt for Love in a 3 team deal once Bledsoe is signed.

    • knowitall

      I agree mike but suns apparently don’t want to offer max to him right now

  • Douche Bag

    Miami will be making a huge mistake not getting this guy. Rookie Napier, & inconsistent Cole, & Chalmers will not have the heat competing. Even if they can’t get him, they better try.

    • John Ahearn

      Agreed. Article is dead on ‘cept for that “mini-lebron” thing.

      • Douche Bag

        True. Now that I found out Rich Paul is his agent. He definitely won’t be coming to the Heat.

  • Dan

    Sounds great in theory, but where is the money and cap space coming form?? Not going to happen without trades.