The Phoenix Suns aren’t just winless through three games to start the NBA season; they’re practically hopeless.
Their first loss was record-breakingly futile, losing by 48 points, the biggest loss ever for a season-opening contest. (The victorious Portland Trail Blazers didn’t even suit up their second-best player, C.J. McCollum).
The Suns’ third loss had a final deficit of 42. The only loss that wasn’t by more than 40 points came against the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom they should be competing to stay out of the Western Conference’s basement.
All that’s to say, Phoenix is a miserable basketball team. Which is probably why point guard Eric Bledsoe, easily their most talented player, wants out. He intimated as much with a tweet on Sunday.
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
Hours later, they lopped coach Earl Watson off the morbid husk of a basketball team that is the Phoenix Suns.
Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2017
For Watson’s axing, it was about time. He took the job just over a year after his coaching career began with the Austin Spurs of the D-League. And as recently as his last contest he was still toying with doomed two-center lineups featuring the rangeless Tyson Chandler and the slightly less rangeless Alex Len.
While Bledsoe’s assertion could cost his wallet …
Former Suns player Markieff Morris was fined $10K in Sept. 2015 for publicly demanding a trade.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 22, 2017
… his departure has been impending for a while now.
I said before season started Bledsoe wants to be moved & will be moved. Talked with him earlier today- not surprised he has made it public.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) October 22, 2017
The rebuilding team held a healthy Bledsoe out of the final month of 2016-17 in an effort to protect him from injury and keep his trade value high, while also helping their chances at a higher draft pick.
Apparently Bledsoe is tired of waiting for a deal to come. Expect trade offers to start pouring in from across the league, if they weren’t already.