Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – The Phoenix Suns offered restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe to the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday in exchange for Kevin Love.
The Wolves have had an agreement on Love expected to be completed Saturday, with the Cleveland Cavaliers sending them No.1 overall picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and the Philadelphia 76ers delivering Thaddeus Young.
Bledsoe has rejected a four-year, $48 million deal from the Suns.
The guard asked a five-year, $85 million maximum contract from the Suns and would consider only a max deal with another team in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.
Wuthout a max deal, Bledsoe intends to sign the Suns’ one-year qualifying offer for $3.7 million and become an unrestricted free agent next year.
Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists in 43 games for the Suns last season. He missed 39 games because of a knee injury that required surgery.