The Suns are open to having further contract negotiations with Eric Bledsoe.

It sounds like Bledsoe and his representation are keeping that door closed.

Six weeks into free agency, Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver expressed how he still wants to sign Bledsoe to a long-term contract with the Suns. He also just wants to be able to talk to Bledsoe.

"We value Eric as a player," Sarver said. "I hope at some point we'll be able to sit down and meet with those guys and make a deal."

A Comcast SportsNet Northwest report quoted a source who said the Suns' relationship with Bledsoe "is on the express lane to being ruined."'s Chris Broussard reported that the relationship is going in the "wrong direction."

"Maybe that's just posturing and negotiating," Sarver said of the reports. "We haven't heard from the guy in four months, so I couldn't tell you. I do know that when he played here, he felt good about the organization, his coaching staff and his teammates at the end of the season. We had the same feelings toward him."

Bledsoe's options dried up elsewhere without an offer sheet from any other team.

An outside offer to the restricted free agent is extremely doubtful at this stage, especially for the maximum-salary deal that his agents, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, sought — and only Philadelphia could do.