Miami Heat guard Norris Cole, left, knocks the ball away from Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) during the first half of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The NBA training camps are set to start soon and the news and rumors are picking back up.

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Source: Suns, Bledsoe agree to 5-yr, $70m deal

PHOENIX—A person with knowledge of the deal says the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe have reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been officially announced.

The deal is considerably more than the four-year, $48 million the Suns initially offered but well below the five-year, $80 million-plus maximum contract Bledsoe sought as a restricted free agent.

The sides didn’t budge in their negotiations until talks finally progressed in the last few days.

The Suns see Bledsoe as a critical part of their double point-guard system. He missed much of last season after undergoing his second surgery to repair a meniscus in his right knee.

Thomas Says Fisher, Knicks in for ‘Tremendous Challenge’

Former New York Knicks veteran Kurt Thomas says that new head coach Derek Fisher and the team have a big challenge ahead of them this season,

It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for him,” Thomas said on Knicks Blog Radio with Anthony Donahue on Monday night.

“He never played in New York and now he’s coaching there. There’s definitely going to be a lot of obstacles that he has to overcome. The Knicks organization is one of the best in the league and will put him in the right situation to be successful. But you don’t know what kind of coach he’ll be. Knicks fans have to be patient and give him time. I’m saying he’s a young coach like Jason Kidd. You just have to be patient.”

Thomas also said that part of the reason the Knicks didn’t do well last year, dropping to 37 wins from 54 the year before …read more