The Portland Trail Blazers have made their decision on Eric Bledsoe heading into the 2022-23 NBA season, and it appears that he will not be with the team next season.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Trail Blazers plan to waive Bledsoe before his $19.38 million contract for the 2022-23 season becomes fully guaranteed.
That will make Bledsoe a free agent, and a number of teams already appear to be interested in the 32-year-old point guard. He averaged 9.9 points per game last season in 54 games with the Clippers.
Bledsoe can certainly still be a valuable contributor to a contending team if he is put in the right situation. Bledsoe didn’t play for the Trail Blazers upon his arrival last season, suffering from an Achilles injury during his time in Portland.
The Portland Trail Blazers plan to waive guard Eric Bledsoe ahead of his guarantee date approaching, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Entering his 13th NBA season, several teams are expected to pursue Bledsoe as a free agent.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 6, 2022
Nets re-sign Kessler Edwards
The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed forward Kessler Edwards to a multi-year contract. The team did not reveal the financial details of the deal.
Edwards appeared in 48 games (23 starts) in his rookie season with the Nets, registering averages of 5.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field, 35.3 percent shooting from 3-point range and 84.2 percent shooting from the free-throw line.
He also saw action in two playoff games in Brooklyn’s first round series versus Boston. In addition to his NBA experience, Edwards appeared in and started seven games for Brooklyn’s NBA G League affiliate.
The 21-year-old was originally selected with the 44th pick in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft by Brooklyn and signed a two-way contract with the team last August.
Welcome back, @KesslerEdwards!
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 6, 2022