Suns Trading Eric Bledsoe To Bucks For Greg Monroe, First-Rounder

Lynette Rowe
November 8, 2017

It looks like the Phoenix Suns might have finally swallowed their pride and moved malcontent Eric Bledsoe.

Phoenix will receive Greg Monroe along with a future first-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick from Milwaukee in exchange for the disgruntled guard. According to Spotrac, Bledsoe will earn $14.5 million this season.

Will he be the difference-maker in Milwaukee?

Both teams are doing medical evaluations of players before anything becomes official.

Bledsoe won't average those numbers with the Bucks. Unhappy with the team and its direction, Bledsoe desperately needed a change of scenery, and, entering his prime - he turns 28 on December 9 - as Antetokounmpo and Middleton approach theirs, he could be a great fit on the court with Milwaukee. His player efficiency rating in 2016-17 was 20.5, which would have been third-highest on the Bucks. Considered a potential top-five seed back east, Milwaukee has struggled out to a 4-5 start to the season.

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Adding Bledsoe's salary moves Milwaukee within $16 million of the projected 2018-19 luxury-tax line ($122 million) with Parker as yet unsigned.

Bledsoe has not been a great three-point shooter as his career 33.4 percent three-point percentage indicates. Bledsoe is not expected to play with the Bucks on Tuesday. This pairs nicely with Malcolm Brogdon in the backcourt as Brogdon can also play the one and two positions.

The Suns could also maximize their return for Bledsoe by shipping Monroe to a third team prior to the deadline.

Bledsoe has not been with the team since tweeting "I Dont wanna be here" on October 22, just an hour before Phoenix fired head coach Earl Watson. Bledsoe had originally told McDonough that he was tweeting about being at the hair salon with his girlfriend, but the GM wasn't buying it.

Bledsoe will meet with the team in San Antonio on Thursday ahead of Saturday's game against the Spurs.

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