Yesterday, the night after a bad home loss to the Clippers, former Kentucky guard and now Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted “I Dont wanna be here” on Sunday afternoon. There was no follow-up tweet to specify where he meant by “here,” but the Suns are 0–3 on the season, so you can take a guess.
Bledsoe is averaging 15.7 points, 3.0 ass, sts and 2.3 rebounds through the first three games of the season. He is in his fifth season with the Suns.
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
Seems pretty cut and dry if you ask me..
Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind is that Bledsoe wants to be traded from the Suns after their horrid 0-3 start to the season. Phoenix came out flatfooted and disinterested in their season opener, trailing the Portland Trail Blazers by as many as 58 points in what was ultimately a 48-point home loss. They then followed that up with a two-point loss to the lowly Lakers, and a 42-point loss to the LA Clippers on Saturday night.
Speaking of the Clippers, Bledsoe’s former team, DeAndre Jordan tweeted out what clearly seems to be a response to Bledsoe’s tweet, with a tweet telling him to come on back home to Los Angeles.
Come back home bro
— DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) October 22, 2017
The Suns also fired their coach, Earl Watson yesterday, so it will be interesting to see how all of this shakes out. Bledsoe sent out his tweet roughly one hour before ESPN reported Watson’s firing.
Then today it got better, with the news coming out that less than a day after Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted that he doesn’t “wanna be here,” Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough confirmed the team sent him home. Bledsoe will not play in Monday night’s home game vs. the Sacramento Kings. ESPN’S Chris Haynes confirmed that Bledsoe met with the Suns on Monday morning and was sent home after that meeting. McDonough confirmed when he met with the media at Talking Stick Resort Arena later on Monday.
“We sent him home,” McDonough said. “We just met with Eric this morning. I met with him this morning before shootaround. You guys saw his tweet last night.”
McDonough said Bledsoe told him his tweet was in reference to being at a hair salon and not wanting to be at the hair salon anymore, (LOL who would believe that) rather than in reference to playing for the Suns.
“I didn’t believe that to be true,” McDonough said, adding he has been receiving calls from teams regarding a possible trade for Bledsoe. “We’re getting a lot of calls and I’ll return some of those calls when I’m done with you guys,” he said. “This is a turning of the page. We’re just trying to change the culture and building a foundation for long-term success.”
The Clippers, Cavs, Pelicans, seem to be in the early hunt for the guard, but the Bucks and the Nuggets seem to be the most serious contenders.