Posted January 09, 2014

Reports: Suns’ Eric Bledsoe to undergo knee surgery, out indefinitely

Ben Golliver, Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
(Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Eric Bledsoe is averaging 18 points and 5.8 assists per game. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will reportedly undergo right knee surgery that will sideline him indefinitely.

ESPN.com reports the prognosis, noting that the explosive fourth-year guard might have suffered meniscus damage. The Arizona Republic confirms the planned surgery, adding that additional details are expected to be made available on Friday.

Bledsoe, 24, is in the midst of a career year after the Clippers traded him to the Suns last summer. He is currently averaging 18 points, 5.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals, all career highs, while shooting a career-best 48.6 percent from the field. His 20.2 Player Efficiency Rating (PER) ranks No. 8 among point guards in the NBA.

GIVE AND GO: Best calls, biggest mistakes of Top 100 players of 2014 list

The news comes a little more than a week after Bledsoe last stepped foot on the court. He played 31 minutes against the Clippers on Dec. 30, and has been sidelined for Phoenix’s last four games.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek has moved Gerald Green into the starting lineup in Bledsoe’s absence. Green hit a game-winning jumper against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Bledsoe, 24, was the No. 18 pick in the 2010 draft after going one-and-done at Kentucky. Set to become a restricted free agent next summer, he’s been floated as a Most Improved Player favorite and also a fringe All-Star candidate this season. Bledsoe joins fellow Western Conference guards Chris Paul (shoulder), Kobe Bryant (knee) and Russell Westbrook (knee) on the injured list.

Helping replace Bledsoe will be longtime NBA veteran Leandro Barbosa, who the Suns signed to a 10-day contract on Wednesday. Barbosa played in the team’s win that night, totaling 13 minutes of floor time and three points on 1-of-6 shooting. Barbosa was only used sparingly in 31 games for the Celtics last season, but had some of the best years of his career as a Sun, including 2006-07 when he averaged a career-best 18.1 ppg.

Phoenix has been one of the league’s biggest surprises teams this season, and it enters Thursday’s action with a record of 21-13.  The Suns are 16-8 (.667) when Bledsoe suits up and 5-5 (.500) without him.

5 comments
DeniceScott
DeniceScott

Yah! Sorry upon knowing that Bledsoe suffered an injury on his NBA career breakout season. He was playing alongside with Gordan Dragic, they are a compatible combo. It was a one two punch when they are both on the court, the winning percentage of Suns is better when the two court generals are in the court. I hope Eric will recover fully on his injury, unlike on what happened to D Rose that after the much anticipated return this season. D Rose again undergoes ACL surgery to repair his knee. The Bulls are much anticipating for D Rose to lead them to the playoffs but the tragedy struck again, so they just opt on trading Luol Deng to the Cavs. Good luck to the Suns as they are on the roll, even on having new coach Hornacek. I’m sure they will have figured it out to fill the void left by Bledsoe. Go Suns! LOL!

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

One of the few Kentucky players I like and root for.  A shame.  Hope he recovers fully.



Udaho
Udaho

For a guy in his breakout season it's just a shame. Especially with us knowing that knee injuries can haunt you for the rest of your career. 

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

wow, so many injuries to stars this year, how are the Heat escaping this?