After weeks of hanging in the balance, point guard Eric Bledsoe has finally been shipped out of town by the Phoenix Suns. Bledsoe is headed to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for center Greg Monroe, a first-round pick, and a second-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Phoenix finalizing deal to send Eric Bledsoe to Milwaukee for Greg Monroe and a first-round draft pick, sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 7, 2017
The Suns made a public announcement that they would be trading Bledsoe after the seven-year veteran tweeted, “I don’t wanna be here.” He claimed to be talking about a hair salon he had been dragged to, but Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough instantly knew he was talking about the Suns, which probably says more about the state of the franchise than anything.
For the Bucks, Bledsoe offers a veteran two-way presence in support of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee isn’t giving up scraps in exchange though: after a tough start to his tenure with the team, Monroe has developed into a good two-way big off of the bench. But the Bucks likely felt that the opportunity to get Bledsoe without giving up any of their core young guys, guards Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon or the lankiest player in the league, Thon Maker, was too good to pass up.
The first-round pick will be lottery protected, but it is yet to be announced if it is a 2018 pick or a future one.