The Phoenix Suns are holding extension talks with Eric Bledsoe.

Bledsoe was traded to the Suns this offseason by the Los Angeles Clippers and will be a restricted free agent this summer if a deal is not reached.

"If we're not able to work out a deal (by Oct. 31), we would start next summer with Eric as a restricted free agent, but obviously we're hoping to get something done before that," said general manager Ryan McDonough.

"With Eric, there's more projection. Some would say there's more risk, but I'd also counter that there's more upside," McDonough said. "He does some unique things athletically. I think he's the best shot-blocking guard in the league. If he plays extended minutes, which he will for us, I think he might lead the league in steals. He has a unique potential."