Suns Deal Bledsoe To Bucks


It appears that Eric Bledsoe has gotten his wish. The Suns are sending the guard to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe and picks in the first and second rounds of the National Basketball Association draft.

The Phoenix Suns have reportedly agreed to trade Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bledsoe, 27, is in his eighth season in the National Basketball Association and holds career averages of 13.1 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game over 421 games (259 starts) with the Suns and the L.A. Clippers. The NBA fined the eight-year NBA veteran $10,000 for the tweet.

Bledsoe would join a Bucks backcourt with 2016 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova and Jason Terry. He averaged career highs in points (21.1), assists (6.3) and rebounds (4.8) last season.

The Bucks play Cleveland Tuesday night and Bledsoe is not expected play.

Monroe is averaging 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in five games this season.

Milwaukee Bucks: An ode to Greg Monroe (read here): Now that he's heading off to Phoenix, Jordan Treske (hey, that's me again!) reflected on Greg Monroe's tenure in Milwaukee and the lasting impact he leaves on the team.

Bledsoe averaged 15.7 points and 3.0 assists in only three games this season before the Suns sent him home following his infamous tweet.

Milwaukee's first-round pick will belong to the Suns in 2018 if in the range of 11-16 overall; in 2019 if in the range of 4-16; in 2020 if in the range of 8-30; and in 2021 it will be unprotected.

The Suns have until December 6 to turn James' contract into a full-fledged National Basketball Association deal - making it possible if they involve different pieces along with Monroe.

Phoenix also has the need to create an open roster spot if they hope to make Mike James their starting point guard for the rest of the season, as he is now on a two-way contract and can only spend 45 days with his commanding National Basketball Association team before going back to the G League.