The Phoenix Suns have had a terrible start to the 2017-18 NBA season, that's just a fact.
Out of their first three games -- resulting in three losses -- the Suns have lost by a combined margin of 92 points to the Trail Blazers, Clippers and Lakers. No fan would be happy about these performances, and that's doubly true for Suns' point guard Eric Bledsoe.
Bledsoe tweeted out last night "I Dont wanna be here." Whether that means Phoenix or not is still up for debate, but after the terrible start to the season and the recent firing of head coach Earl Watson, it's understandable why an athletic point guard who's only entering his prime doesn't want to be on a terrible team.
With that being said, here are 3 destinations Bledsoe could be headed to if he does indeed want out of Arizona.
San Antonio Spurs
With Tony Parker on the injury list for the next 2-3 months at least with an injured quad, Dejounte Murray has quietly been holding down the point guard position for San Antonio, with super sub Patty Mills backing him up.
Murray has been serviceable in his role thus far, averaging 12 points and 4 assists through 2 games, but is only 21 years of age. Tony Parker, when he does eventually come back from injury, won't have that much left in the tank to continue for the foreseeable future, so where do the Spurs go at the PG spot from here? They can slot Patty Mills into the starting lineup once Parker retires, as he's under contract until the 2020-21 NBA season, but Mills is 29, and is better suited coming off the bench with the second unit.
So why not make a trade for Bledsoe, who alongside Kawhi could lead the Spurs for the next 5 years or more? With Eric wanting out, there's not a lot Phoenix has in ways of negotiation power, so the Spurs wouldn't have to give up much in return for Bledsoe, especially if they include a tasty first-round pick, even if it's bound to land in the 20-30 range, as any first-rounder is valuable to a rebuilding team.
A combination of Derrick White and Kyle Anderson -- A summer league MVP back in 2015 -- plus a first-rounder would be good enough for Phoenix to part ways with Bledsoe, who could flourish under Pop's tutelage.
Let's face it, having 'Mini LeBron' and actual LeBron on the same team would be some serious fun, and it only makes more sense when you consider the Cavs' point guard rotation at the moment.
Isaiah Thomas is out possibly until the All-Star break, and Derrick Rose is walking on thin ice after an ankle sprain against the Bucks, leaving Jose Calderon in charge of the offense for Cleveland.
Not to mention there were rumblings of Bledsoe being involved in a deal that would send Kyrie Irving to Phoenix back when he was a Cavalier, giving us two reasons why Eric could be headed to Cleveland.
To add onto the already perfect scenario, both LeBron and Bledsoe are pretty close buddies, so much so in fact that Bledsoe is represented by LeBron's own agent Rich Paul. It could not get any better.
A potential deal could involve Iman Shumpert and that coveted Brooklyn first-rounder, which the Suns would be stupid not to accept given the position that they're in.
Los Angeles Clippers
Ah, where it all began.
Bledsoe was drafted by the Clippers back in 2010 with the 18th pick in the draft and was a solid backup guard for them behind Chris Paul, proving to be a spark off the bench with his insane athleticism. After moving to Phoenix however, Bledsoe has transformed into a top-tier starting guard in the association, and the Clippers would be more than happy to have them back. Even DeAndre Jordan thinks so.
Just like the Cavs, a trade to the Clippers makes so much sense.
Starting PG for the Clippers Milos Teodosic only recently went down with a foot injury, and is reported to be out 'indefinitely' meaning there's a gap in the starting lineup for a point guard. On top of that, given his history with the team, Bledsoe would have no problem immediately producing for the Clippers alongside Jordan and Griffin.
Perhaps a deal involving Austin Rivers, Sam Dekker and maybe a first-rounder would sway the Suns in giving up their disgruntled point guard, as they need all the young talent they can get if they want to become a force in the future.