Phoenix Suns to shut down Eric Bledsoe for season

The Phoenix Suns have chose to sit point guard Eric Bledsoe, who has been battling with knee soreness, for the final 14 games of the season.

Former Parker High School star Eric Bledsoe will miss the remainder of the National Basketball Association season.

Coach Earl Watson termed it as a "management decision", and implied it wasn't his call.

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Bledsoe has been playing despite knee pain. Ha also added that Bledsoe played at a high level every night and has been dominant all year.

ABOUT THE SUNS (22-46): Rookie point guard Tyler Ulis will get a long look over the final 14 games with Bledsoe out of the mix. Phoenix already is checking out backup forward Alan Williams and he is displaying that he has a future with seven double-doubles in eight games this month, averaging 13.5 points and 10.8 rebounds during the stretch. Though there's a lot of room for him to grow, he's very much ready and he's excited about that, Watson said. Left unsaid is that the resulting losses will help the Suns' draft position.

With Knight and Eric Bledsoe out of the Suns' lineup, an already-disastrous season for the franchise is finding new lows to hit. While it's quite unlikely anyone will finish with a worse record than the Nets this season, the Suns could "catch" the Lakers, who sport the second-worst record at 20-48. Depending on the direction the Suns want to go during the offseason, Bledsoe could be a veteran leader for a young team or a viable trade chip to further accelerate a youth movement.