The Suns asked the Knicks for rookie PG Frank Ntilikina and C Willy Hernangomez in exchange for PG Eric Bledsoe, with the Knicks rebuffing that request, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.
The Knicks, who reportedly have no interest in trading Ntilikina or Hernangomez at this point, had reached out to the Suns about Bledsoe, ESPN's Ian Begley reported.
Bledsoe tweeted recently that he no longer wanted to be on the Suns. He met with the Suns front office before shootaround on Monday, and was sent home, with Suns GM Ryan McDonough saying Bledsoe "won't be with us going forward."
The Knicks could use some production at the point guard position as it hasn't put up good numbers to start the season. Ramon Sessions is averaging 6.5 points and three assists while shooting 27.3 percent, while Ron Baker has taken just four shots in 19 minutes so far this season.
Bledsoe is in his eighth year in the NBA -- fifth with the Suns. He averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 33 minutes per game last season.
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The Knicks should be seeing what deal they can make work to get Eric Bledsoe. Their point guard play has been awful. Frank Ntilikina can't stay healthy. Sessions, Baker, and Jarrett Jack are all backups.
Bledsoe will get $14.5 million this season and $15 million next season. That means the Knicks don't have to commit to him long-term and he can help Ntilikina grow.
How can this deal happen? There aren't a ton of scenarios that work with the contracts lining up. You have to take out Joakim Noah because there isn't a chance the Suns would take on his huge contract. The deal that does work and makes sense for both sides is Courtney Lee and Kyle O'Quinn for Bledsoe.
Lee is going to get traded at some point. And if the Knicks acquired Bledsoe, there wouldn't be a huge need for him. The Knicks also have a ton of big men and don't need O'Quinn. This would allow Willy Hernangomez to finally get minutes.
If I'm the Knicks, I offer Lee and O'Quinn and maybe throw in a second-round draft pick. That's a fair enough deal that the Suns could say yes to. With uncertainties in Ntilikina and poor backcourt play, this would be a deal to ignite some life into the fan base, and give Ntilikina time to get healthy and adapt to the NBA.