Here are reported protections of first-rounder in Eric Bledsoe trade
The Bucks made the playoffs in 2013 – then fell to an NBA-worst 15-67 the following year.
They rebounded to make the playoffs in 2015 – then stumbled to a disappointing 33-49 the following year.
They returned to the playoffs in 2017 – and are an underwhelming 4-5 this year.
So, of course this up-and-down franchise included incredibly complicated protections on the first-round pick it traded to the Suns for Eric Bledsoe.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Sources: First-round pick protection: 2018: Suns get Bucks pick between 11-to-16. 2019: 4-to-16. 2020: 8 to 30. 2021: Unprotected.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 7, 2017
Sources: The Suns get Bucks 2018 second-round pick if it lands 48 to 60 in draft. That pick doesn't carry into 2019, if Bucks keep it in 18.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 7, 2017
The Bucks are currently tied for the NBA’s ninth-worst record. They should improve, especially with Bledsoe, but there’s a wide range where they could land. They could easily pick above or below the 11-16 range.
It could be quite the saga watching when this pick conveys – and when Milwaukee and Phoenix each want it to happen.