Published Four:54 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017 | Updated 6:33 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe’s disgruntled days are over.
The proficient guard is getting a recent begin with the Milwaukee Bucks, who’ve one other confirmed scorer to take some strain off All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Bledsoe, who needed out of Phoenix, was traded to the Bucks on Tuesday in change for large man Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks.
The 27-year-old Bledsoe had not been with the Suns since Oct. 22, when he posted “I Don’t wanna be here” on Twitter, the identical day the Suns fired coach Earl Watson. He had been averaging 15.7 factors per recreation, second behind Devin Booker, and was the group’s on-court chief.
He was despatched residence by the Suns after the tweet, decreasing the group’s leverage as a result of everybody within the league knew Phoenix was making an attempt to commerce him. Bledsoe had requested to be traded earlier than the season, Suns common supervisor Ryan McDonough has stated. The NBA fined the eight-year NBA veteran $10,000 for the tweet.
Adding Bledsoe will take a few of the focus off Antetokounmpo, the Bucks’ main ball-handler. Milwaukee had misplaced 4 of its final 5 video games earlier than visiting the Cavaliers, however including Bledsoe’s scoring capacity alongside Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton on a group that additionally contains rising guard Malcolm Brogdon may badist.
“We’re excited. Eric’s excited,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd stated in Cleveland.
Bledsoe will take his bodily on Wednesday and is anticipated to affix the Bucks in San Antonio in time for Thursday’s recreation in opposition to the Spurs.
Middleton cannot wait to see what Bledsoe brings.
“He’ll be another great player for us, a guy who can create for others and create for himself on offense,” Middleton stated. “I’m excited to play with him. We can do a lot of things. We’ll have more ball-handlers on the court at the same time. He’s going to be a great for us.”
Already a harmful and up-and-coming group, the Bucks may go to a different degree with Bledsoe.
“He adds a veteran point guard, a guy who plays with pace and can get into the paint, can make the right play,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue stated. “He’s been on the cusp of being an All-Star the final three years. He brings a distinct dimension to their group. He can shoot the basketball, get within the paint, run pick-and-roll and he is a very good defender additionally.
“It’s a very good pickup for them.”
Bledsoe averaged greater than 20 factors and 6 badists per recreation in every of the final two seasons with the Suns, together with profession highs in factors (21.1) and badists (6.three) final season. Bledsoe spent the previous 5 seasons in Phoenix after his first three years with the Clippers.
The 27-year-old Monroe, who joined the group as a free agent in 2015 after 5 years in Detroit, has been sidelined not too long ago due to a left calf pressure. Over three seasons with the Bucks, he averaged 13.three factors, 7.6 rebounds and a couple of.2 badists over 165 video games.
Without him, Milwaukee will doubtless consolidate the middle place and stay up for early subsequent 12 months, when the entrance line ought to get a lift with the return of injured ahead Jabari Parker.
The 6-foot-11 Monroe has an expiring contract, which suggests much more room for a Suns group with a great deal of cap house. They additionally may have as many as three first-round picks subsequent season.
“Moose did every thing we requested him to badist us win, from being a starter to being requested to go to the bench and badist us have a stronger bench,” Kidd said. “I want him the most effective as a result of he did every thing we requested.”
Milwaukee’s first-round choose will belong to the Suns in 2018 if within the vary of 11-16 general; in 2019 if within the vary of Four-16; in 2020 if within the vary of Eight-30; and in 2021 it will likely be unprotected. The Suns get Milwaukee’s second-round choose subsequent 12 months if within the vary of 48-60 general.
Phoenix, rebuilding with a particularly younger roster that includes Booker and T.J. Warren, has not made the playoffs in six years.
AP Sports Writers Bob Baum in Phoenix and Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.
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