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But asked if that meant he wanted to come back, Bledsoe said, “I’m just going into the summer to get 100 percent healthy and just enjoy my family.”

Dragic made no secret of how much he wants Bledsoe back.

“We’re always joking around, we’re always talking ‘You’re going to stay here. You’d better stay here or if not we’re going to hunt you down and try to bring you back,’” Dragic said, “but in the end it’s his decision.”

Hornacek said Dragic and Bledsoe already form one of the premier backcourts in the league.

“They have done a great job of playing together,” Hornacek said. “They both had to sacrifice part of what they used to do as the only point guard.”

Dragic carried the load when Bledsoe was injured and found himself compared with the game’s elite guards. He wound up averaging a career-best 20.3 points per game, shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 41 percent from 3-point range, and averaging 5.9 assists. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, shot 48 percent from the field, 36 percent on 3-pointers, and averaged 5.5 assists.

The two played unselfishly throughout.

“‘Every day, every month, every year we can get better and better,” Dragic said. “It was our first season and we already played so good together. Next season hopefully he’s going to stay here and try to raise that bar even higher.”

Then there’s the mercurial Green.

When he’s on, he’s magnificent, as evidenced by his career-high 41-point performance against Oklahoma City. Green averaged a career-best 15.9 points per game, shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers.

“I’m blessed to be with this organization,” he said. “I’m blessed that this organization gave somebody like me a chance. Hopefully, I’m a lot better player come next season.”

Hornacek said the team exceeded expectations and accelerated the plan to build a contender.

Whether the core of this group stays together is up in the air. Besides Bledsoe’s situation, Tucker is a free agent and Frye has a player option.

The Suns have three first-round draft picks, none of them too early, and some money to spend. Dragic and Hornacek both mentioned the need for an inside post-up player. Physical teams gave the Suns the most trouble.

To a man, the Suns praise their coach.

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