The NBA has fined Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe $10,000 U.S. for his Twitter outburst nearly two weeks ago, according to Scott Bordow of AZ Central.
Bledsoe tweeted "I don't wanna be here" on Oct. 22, just moments before it was announced head coach Earl Watson had been fired by the Suns. Bledsoe defended himself after being confronted by team management about the social media post, stating he was tweeting about spending time at the hair salon. Clearly, the NBA and the Suns didn't buy his excuse.
The 27-year-old has been sidelined since the incident while the team attempts to construct a trade with another club. However, Bledsoe plans to return to the club facility for workouts to remain in shape. Talk about awkward.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knicks are rumored to be potential trade partners for the Suns, who clearly need to deal the disgruntled guard as quickly as possible. Bledsoe, now in his fifth year in Phoenix, was acquired via a three-team trade in the summer of 2013.
The 27-year-old is making a cool $14.5 million this season, and is also under contract for the 2018-19 campaign, when he'll earn a modest raise of $15 million. Bledsoe has appeared in just three games for Phoenix this year, averaging 15.7 points and three rebounds. He averaged a career-best 21.1 points per contest last year for the Suns, playing both point guard and shooting guard.
While Suns management works diligently on hammering out a deal with potential suitors, Bledsoe has been spending time working on his Yo-yo game away from the court.
Phoenix, which hasn't had a winning season since the 2013-14 campaign, dropped its first three games this year. However, since Watson was ousted and Bledsoe exiled, the team has improved to 4-5 heading into action Sunday.