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Eric Bledsoe traded to Milwaukee Bucks

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Bledsoe Out in Phoenix

Seventeen days after Eric Bledsoe’s infamous “I don’t wanna be here” tweet, he has finally been traded. Phoenix will send Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe, a 2018 protected first-round draft pick, and a 2018 protected second-round draft pick.

The draft pick protection gets a little tricky, the 2nd rounder less so than the 1st rounder.

However, the Suns will not get the first round pick in 2018 unless the pick falls between 11-16. If it does not, then the Suns may get the pick in 2019. The Suns will only get the pick in 2019 if it falls between 4-16. If not, again, there is a chance the Suns get the pick in 2020. In the event it carries over into the 2020 draft, the pick becomes top seven protected. This means that if the Suns still do not get the pick until 2020, but it winds up being a top seven pick, the Bucks get to keep it yet again. If all of those things happen, then the Suns will get the Bucks’ first-round pick in 2021 with no protections on it.

Bledsoe missed 8 games for the Suns and they went 4-4 playing without him and under new Head Coach Jay Triano. While on the court, and under Earl Watson, they lost their first three games by a total of 92 points. The Bucks have lost three straight games, and four of their last five.

What Does This Mean For Milwaukee

Bledsoe will help bolster a Milwaukee team that has a real chance of playing for a conference title this season. He will make his first start for the Bucks in San Antonio on Friday. This will either send Malcolm Brogdon, last year’s ROY, to the bench, making him the 6th man, or he will slide into his more natural two position sending Tony Snell to the bench. It is worth mentioning Jabari Parker will likely return to the court in January or February.

In gaining Bledsoe, the Bucks are getting a 27-year-old point guard in the prime of his career with two full seasons left on his contract, including this year. Bledsoe set career highs in points (21.1), rebounds (4.8), and assists (6.3) last season, adding 1.4 steals per game. If properly motivated, Bledsoe can do it all on both ends of the floor and makes Milwaukee a top 4 team in the East. With the way Milwaukee used Monroe over the past 2 seasons, his departure will have a minuscule effect on the team’s success.

What Does This Mean For Phoenix

They can finally move on from Bledsoe and all the distractions his absence may have caused the team. Unless Milwaukee gets worse with the addition of Bledsoe, Phoenix will end up with two extra draft selections. Although they could potentially not see the first round pick for several years, it is a nice asset to have. After all, Phoenix appears to be aiming for success a few years down the road anyways as opposed to immediately.

I also like the addition of Monroe to help out a struggling frontcourt, in which no players average 10 points per game. Depending on the amount of minutes Triano lets Monroe see, he could add some much needed offensive help. It’s unclear as of now what his role in the rotation will be. He will be sharing time with Alex Len, Tyson Chandler, Marquese Chriss, and Josh Jackson. If Monroe gets similar playing time as he did in Detroit, he becomes a double-double threat on a nightly basis. Phoenix will surely continue to give Jackson ample minutes, as they look to develop their young talent.

Update: The Suns will look to explore trade opportunities for Monroe, and it seems unlikely he will remain on the team past the February 8th trade deadline. Per @WojESPN, the Suns would prefer to trade him rather than begin negotiations for a buyout on the remaining $17.8 million on his expiring contract. They have expressed interest in disgruntled 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor.

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