Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Blockbuster trade: Bucks acquire Eric Bledsoe from Phoenix

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Spencer Simpson | 09 November, 2017, 00:51

The Eric Bledsoe saga has officially come to a close in Phoenix. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, the Bucks are sending Greg Monroe and a first round pick to Phoenix in exchange for the 27-year old point guard.

The 27-year-old Bledsoe had not been with the Suns since October 22 when he posted "I Don't wanna be here" on Twitter, the same day the Suns fired coach Earl Watson. In 2016-17, Monroe averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game.

The Suns have been trying to trade Bledsoe for a couple of weeks after he tweeted his displeasure at playing for the struggling Suns. The NBA fined the eight-year NBA veteran $10,000 for the tweet.

The Bucks will battle the Cavs in Cleveland on Wednesday (AEDT), but Bledsoe is not expected to play just yet, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Q&A: Bucks GM Jon Horst discusses acquisition of Eric Bledsoe (read here): Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sat down with Bucks general manager Jon Horst to talk about the team's deal to bring in Bledsoe and the insight behind the move. He averaged career highs in points (21.1), assists (6.3) and rebounds (4.8) last season.

Monroe averaged 15.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for Detroit and Milwaukee from 2011-12 through 2015-16.

Without him, Milwaukee will likely consolidate the center position and look ahead to early next year when the front line should get a boost with the return of injured forward Jabari Parker. Monroe was attractive in large part because he is an expiring contract. They also could have as many as three first-round picks next season. The Suns will receive Milwaukee's second-round pick in 2018 if in the range of 48-60 overall.

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