Words by Jason Cordner
Looks like the Milwaukee Bucks have won the Eric Bledsoe sweepstakes. After Bledsoe tweeted “I don’t want to be here anymore”, he is finally getting his wish.
The Suns are finalizing a trade to send Bledsoe to the Bucks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Phoenix will receive center Greg Monroe and a first-round pick in the deal.
Suns finalizing deal to send Eric Bledsoe to Bucks, league sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 7, 2017
This trade could spell more bad news for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as a new contender emerges in the Eastern Conference. The move is one that shows the Bucks are committed to winning now and trying to take advantage of the MVP caliber season Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently having, but also maintaining their youth movement that has them as one of the team’s expected to be a contender in the East for years to come.
Aside from Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have Khris Middleton and not an awful lot else on the offensive end in terms of creativity and ability on the ball, and are desperate for someone else that can score when Antetokounmpo is off the floor.
Bledsoe gives the Bucks a boost at the point guard position coming off a 2016-17 season in which he averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He will be turning 28 in December and has one year remaining on his current contract.