(PHOENIX) -- The Phoenix Suns took a step back this past season, but they hope that acquiring Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler will help take a step forward for the future.
Acquired in a three-team trade, Bledsoe was a highly coveted guard that has yet to reach his full potential. And Butler is a two-time All Star who will provide solid veteran leadership for the team.
"It's definitely a plus for me," Bledsoe said. "Unfortunately, I couldn't play as much as I wanted (in Los Angeles) because I was playing in front of an All-Star. Now, Ryan has confidence in me and I have full confidence in myself to help Caron make good tings happen here."
Playing behind Chris Paul last season, Bledsoe has been unable to truly shine on the court due to getting limited minutes. The Suns are banking on Bledsoe reaching his potential and improving upon his mark of 8.5 points and 3.1 assists per game.
Meanwhile, Butler is now on his seventh NBA team. The 33-year-old veteran averaged 10.4 points per game as a starter for the Clippers last season.
This past season, the Suns went just 25-57, which was their second worst mark in franchise history.
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