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Here are reported protections of first-rounder in Eric Bledsoe trade

Eric Bledsoe, Thon Maker

Phoenix Suns’ Eric Bledsoe (2) drives against the Milwaukee Bucks’ Thon Maker during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)


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:

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.