Bledsoe, traded to the Bucks, provided a different reason.
Bledsoe, via Chris Haynes of ESPN:
“I felt like it was time [to leave], especially when they sat me down last year,” Bledsoe said. “It gave me a better picture, a more clearer picture of what I needed to do.”
At the time, word trickled out that he was dealing with “knee soreness,” possibly to justify shutting him down.
“I was 100 percent healthy then, and I’m 100 percent healthy now,” Bledsoe said adamantly.
Bledsoe – healthy and in his prime – rightfully took umbrage. By manipulating Bledsoe’s playing time in order to lose, the Suns lost the moral high ground. They suddenly wanted unquestioned devotion from him after showing so little care for his aspirations – like helping his team win.
Maybe Bledsoe was also upset about not getting a renegotiation-and-extension (which Phoenix was right to deny). Either way, this explanation is good enough for me.