The Phoenix Suns have finally traded disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe, sending him to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Greg Monroe, a 2018 protected first-round draft pick and a 2018 protected second-round pick, reports ESPN.
Now, Bledsoe, 27, will join rising superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton; and will help take the pressure off Antetokounmpo in both playmaking and ballhandling.
He averaged career highs in points (21.1), assists (6.3) and rebounds (4.8) last season. Still, the Suns (24-58) finished with the worst record in the Western Conference. It was the second consecutive season that Phoenix’s winning percentage was less than .300.
For the Suns, they could have have three first-round picks in 2018 — including their own, Miami’s (top-seven protected) and Milwaukee’s (lottery protected). In all, the Suns could have seven first-round picks from 2018 to 2021.
Milwaukee will send its 2018 first-round pick to Phoenix if it lands between Nos. 11 and 16. If the pick carries beyond 2018, the Suns could come in 2019 (Nos. 4 to 16), 2020 (Nos. 8 to 30) or 2021, when the pick would come unprotected. The Suns will get the Bucks’ 2018 second-round pick if it lands between Nos. 48 and 60. Otherwise, the Bucks keep the pick.
Monroe averaged 15.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for Detroit and Milwaukee from 2011-12 through 2015-16. His production dipped last season, while playing 81 games without making a start.