ERIC BLEDSOE OUT INDEFINITELY:
The season of major injuries continued on Thursday, as news broke that guard Bledsoe will be out indefinitely due to expected surgery on his troublesome right knee. Marc Stein of ESPN broke the news:
Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, a top contender for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award, is out indefinitely after the team determined he needs a surgical procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that the scope and severity of the injury will not be known until Bledsoe is in a surgeon’s care, but he is suspected to have suffered meniscus damage during his Dec. 30 return to Los Angeles to face the Clippers. Bledsoe was selected No. 18 overall in the 2010 draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who immediately traded him to L.A.
Bledsoe has missed the Suns’ past four games with what the team said is a sprained knee.
From an immediate standpoint, the loss of Bledsoe obviously hurts the surging Phoenix Suns and their hopes of being a contending team this season. In the long term, this could end up costing the guard big money depending on the severity of the injury, given that it is his contract year. He has already missed a number of games due to other nagging injuries as well, so his ability to stay healthy could be a factor in what he’s worth in the market.