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Suns send Eric Bledsoe to Bucks, making the Eastern Conference more interesting

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Suns send Eric Bledsoe to Bucks, making the Eastern Conference more interesting

The Eastern Conference just got a bit more interesting, as the Phoenix Suns shipped talented point guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

To acquire Bledsoe, the Bucks gave up forward Greg Monroe, a first round pick and a second round pick. ESPN first reported the deal.

The trade gives superstar Giannis Antetekounmpo more help as he tries to lead the Bucks to a deep playoff run. Bledsoe will now run point in a rotation with Antetekounmpo, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, Tony Snell and Thon Maker. They will also get Jabari Parker back from his ACL recovery sometime in early 2018.

Bledsoe, 27, is one of the best scoring point guards in basketball. Last season he put up 21.1 points per game to go along with 6.3 assists and 1.4 steals. He's averaged at least 17 points per game for four straight seasons.

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Bledsoe had fallen out of favor in Phoenix early this season after expressing his desire for a trade. He hadn't been on the court with the team for several weeks before this deal went down.

The Bucks made the playoffs last season and gave the Raptors a run for their money in the first round, but they are much better defensively than they are at scoring. Bledsoe should help them on offense as a capable scorer who can take pressure off of Antetekounmpo.

Milwaukee is off to a disappointing 4-5 start, but figure to be part of the playoff mix come April. They, like the Wizards, are gunning for the Cavs and Celtics for Eastern Conference supremacy. The Wizards should be in good shape, as well, but this deal makes the Bucks stronger.

[RELATED: PIERCE SAYS BEAL IS EAST'S BEST SG]

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.

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Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.

[RELATED: MORRIS IS A BIG FAN OF MIKE SCOTT]

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."

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There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

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