Phoenix Suns trade dis­grunted guard Eric Bled­soe to Mil­wau­kee Buck

The Miracle - - Sports - Source: Toronto Star

Eric Bled­soe’s dis­grun­tled days are over. The ta­lented guard is get­ting a fresh start with the Mil­wau­kee Bucks, who have an­other proven scorer to take some pres­sure off all-star ian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo. Bled­soe, who wanted out of Phoenix, was traded to the Bucks on Tues­day in ex­change for big man reg Mon­roe and two 201 draft picks. The 2 -year-old Bled­soe had not been with the Suns since 2ct. 22, when he posted I Don’t wanna be here” on Twit­ter, the same day the Suns fired coach Earl Watson. He had been av­er­ag­ing 15. points per game, sec­ond be­hind Devin Booker, and was the team’s on­court leader. He was sent home by the Suns af­ter the tweet, re­duc­ing the team’s lever­age be­cause ev­ery­one in the league knew Phoenix was try­ing to trade him. Bled­soe had asked to be traded be­fore the sea­son, Suns gen­eral man­ager Ryan McDonough has said. The NBA fined the eight-year vet­eran 10,000 for the tweet. Adding Bled­soe will take some of the focus off An­te­tok­oun­mpo, the Bucks’ pri­mary ball­han­dler. Mil­wau­kee had lost four of its last five games be­fore vis­it­ing the &lev­e­land &ava­liers, but adding Bled­soe’s scor­ing abil­ity along­side An­te­tok­oun­mpo and .hris Mid­dle­ton on a team that also in­cludes ris­ing guard Mal­colm Brog­don could help. We’re ex­cited. Eric’s ex­cited,” Bucks coach -ason .idd said in &lev­e­land. Bled­soe will take his phys­i­cal on Wed­nes­day and is ex­pected to Moin the Bucks in San An­to­nio in time for Thurs­day’s game against the Spurs. Mid­dle­ton can’t wait to see what Bled­soe brings. He’ll be an­other great player for us, a guy who can cre­ate for oth­ers and cre­ate for him­self on of­fence,” Mid­dle­ton said. I’m ex­cited to play with him. We can do a lot of things. We’ll have more ball­han­dlers on the court at the same time. He’s go­ing to be a great for us.” Al­ready a dan­ger­ous up-and-com­ing team, the Bucks could go to an­other level with Bled­soe. He adds a vet­eran point guard, a guy who plays with pace and can get into the paint, can make the right play,” &avs coach Ty­ronn /ue said. He’s been on the cusp of be­ing an all-star the last three years. He brings a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion to their team. He can shoot the bas­ket­ball, get in the paint, run pick-an­droll and he’s a good de­fender also. It’s a good pickup for them.” Bled­soe av­er­aged more than 20 points and six as­sists per game in each of the last two sea­sons with the Suns, in­clud­ing ca­reer highs in points 21.1 and as­sists . last sea­son. Bled­soe spent the past five sea­sons in Phoenix af­ter his first three years with the &lip­pers. The 2 -yearold Mon­roe, who Moined the Bucks as a free agent in 2015 af­ter five years in Detroit, has been side­lined re­cently be­cause of a left calf strain. 2ver three sea­sons with the Bucks, he av­er­aged 1 . points, . re­bounds and 2.2 as­sists over 1 5 games. With­out him, Mil­wau­kee will likely con­sol­i­date the cen­tre po­si­tion and look ahead to early next year, when the front line should get a boost with the re­turn of in­Mured for­ward -abari Parker. The six-foot-11 Mon­roe has an ex­pir­ing con­tract, which means even more room for a Suns team with loads of cap space. They also could have as many as three first-round picks next sea­son. Moose did ev­ery­thing we asked him to help us win, from be­ing a starter to be­ing asked to go to the bench and help us have a stronger bench,” .idd said. I wish him the best be­cause he did ev­ery­thing we asked.” Mil­wau­kee’s first-round pick will be­long to the Suns in 201 if it’s in the range of 11-1 over­all in 201 if it’s in the range of -1 in 2020 if in the range of - 0 and in 2021 it will be un­pro­tected. The Suns get Mil­wau­kee’s sec­ond-round pick next year if in the range of - 0 over­all. Phoenix, re­build­ing with an ex­tremely young ros­ter fea­tur­ing Booker and T.-. War­ren, has not made the play­offs in six years.

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