Eric Bledsoe Trade Rumors: Suns, Bucks Finalizing Deal for PG

Eric Bledsoe returns to using the Phoenix Suns facilities, but will not rejoin the team

Bledsoe has played only three games this year after his trade request.

The Phoenix Suns are finalizing a deal to send guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Greg Monroe, a first-round draft pick and a second-round pick, league sources told ESPN.

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.

Bledsoe averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists last season.

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

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.




Monroe got one first-place vote for sixth man of the year last season and finished sixth in the balloting overall.

"At 6'1", Bledsoe is a smaller guard that does not fit the Bucks traditional prototype of big guards. The Bucks are now $4.4 million below the luxury tax.

While he's got more tools at his disposal, the pressure on Kidd to win now surely ratchets up following this trade.

The main downside to the deal for the Bucks is that they were unable to jettison any of the undesirable, longer-term contracts belonging to Matthew Dellavedova, Mirza Teletovic or John Henson. Phoenix could have seven first-round picks from 2018 to 2021.

Monroe, who joined the Bucks as a free agent in 2015, has been sidelined recently because of a left calf strain. 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.

The Suns could also maximize their return for Bledsoe by shipping Monroe to a third team prior to the deadline. Bringing Bledsoe back, and subsequently sending him home after his apparent subtweet, did nothing to improve his trade value. The market was unlikely to move dramatically between now and the trade deadline unless a huge injury created a need for a point guard.

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