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.
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