Phoenix Suns Agree To Trade Eric Bledsoe

Phoenix Suns Agree To Trade Eric Bledsoe

The Bucks acquired guard Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns, giving them a much-needed second playmaker that should put them in the mix atop the Eastern Conference with the Cavs, Celtics and Raptors.

Milwaukee sent center Greg Monroe, and a protected first- and second-round draft pick to the Suns for Eric Bledsoe, who averaged 21 points per game past year with the Suns.

Bledsoe's trade is timely since the Bucks are in a slump, losing their last three games to drop to 4-5 on the season.

Get rid of Chandler and/or Dudley and suddenly the rebuilding franchise could be in the mix to add a good player via what is expected to be a free agent market depressed by all of the money spent by teams a couple of summers ago.

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With the move, Milwaukee creates a $3.38 million trade exception that will be available to use for one year. One day earlier, Bledsoe tweeted, "I don't wanna be here".

Aside from their pick, the Suns also have the Miami Heat's pick, which is top-seven protected, and the lottery protected selection from the Bucks.

Phoenix in return gets backup center Greg Monroe and a first-round pick.

Bledsoe has been away from the Suns since general manager Ryan McDonough sent him home on October 23.

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Bledsoe leaves Pheonix after four seasons - the last being his most productive when he averaged 21.1 points and 6.3 assists per game.

Monroe, 27, was taken 11 picks ahead of Bledsoe in the 2010 NBA Draft, with the latter taken off the board at No. 7 overall by the Detroit Pistons.

Meanwhile, Greg Monroe is averaging just 6.8 points and five rebounds in roughly 16 minutes in five games this season.

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