As Phoenix explores possible sign-and-trade deals involving guard Eric Bledsoe, ESPN reported Friday that the Suns reached out to Minnesota to gauge whether the Timberwolves would be a willing trade partner involving Kevin Love.
The Arizona Republic also reported that the Suns had been in touch with at least one team about a potential sign-and-trade. Other teams have contacted the Suns, the Republic said. The Suns would not comment.
Contract talks between Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, and the Suns have been described as "fractured" for weeks.
Less than a day before a much-anticipated megadeal between Minnesota and Cleveland, involving All-Star Love and Andrew Wiggins, the top pick in this year's draft could be announced, the Suns made a last-ditch effort to resolve the issue surrounding Bledsoe.
The 24-year-old Bledsoe has been adamant about wanting a five-year, $85 million maximum deal from Phoenix. He has made it clear, ESPN said, that he would consider a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million, with any other team.
Unless Bledsoe signs a long-term contract, other teams might be hesitant to trade for him. He becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.
If Bledsoe does not get a max contract, he has told the Suns he will sign a one-year qualifying offer worth about $3.7 million and then test free agency next summer.
The Timberwolves agreed weeks ago to send Love, a power forward, to Cleveland where he will team up with forward LeBron James and point guard Kyrie Irving.
Cleveland will send Wiggins as well as last year's top draft pick, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to the Timberwolves. The trade could not become official until 30 days after Wiggins had signed his rookie contract. That deadline expires at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and the deal is expected to be announced later in the day.