Bucks acquire Eric Bledsoe for Greg Monroe and a first round pick

Sheri Evans
November 8, 2017

Bledsoe hasn't played in a game for Phoenix since October 21, as the team reportedly has been expediting a trade for him. Bledsoe is signed for $15 million in 2018-19, an incredibly reasonable sum for a starting point guard but still one that will make it more hard for the Bucks to avoid paying the luxury tax - probably a non-starter for a small-market team without a track record of success. He averaged career highs in points (21.1), assists (6.3) and rebounds (4.8) last season.

While the Sixers obviously won't take time on the court away from players like Ben Simmons or J.J.

After weeks of speculation, it appears Eric Bledsoe is on the move.

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

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Meanwhile, Greg Monroe is averaging just 6.8 points and five rebounds in roughly 16 minutes in five games this season. No doubt in my mind that the Bucks are a better team after this deal. With Parker set to become a restricted free agent, Milwaukee could move into the luxury tax next season if he plays well upon his return, another team makes him a lucrative offer and they are forced to match.

While he's got more tools at his disposal, the pressure on Kidd to win now surely ratchets up following this trade. Book has a chance to be a really good player in this league, and I think his future, and the Suns' future looks a little brighter.

The pick is the bigger part of the deal heading into the 2018 NBA Draft, as the Suns could potentially have three first-rounders next year: their own first, the Heat's No. 1-7 protected first and the Bucks' first acquired in this trade, which will have lottery protections, per Wojnarowski and Lowe.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski detailed why the Suns were shopping Bledsoe. Bringing Bledsoe back, and subsequently sending him home after his apparent subtweet, did nothing to improve his trade value. To have a leader at the point guard position is exactly what this team needed.

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