Suns finalizing deal for Bledsoe after 'I don't wanna be here' tweet

Tricia Pearson
November 9, 2017

The Eric Bledsoe saga has officially come to a close in Phoenix. The Phoenix Suns get a chance to speed up their rebuilding project.

The #Phoenix Suns have shipped point guard #Eric Bledsoe to the #Milwaukee Bucks for veteran center Greg Monroe, a 2018 protected first-round and a 2018 protected second-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Bledsoe has been away from the Suns for disciplinary reasons but Milwaukee had no issue with bringing him on board.

As the Philadelphia 76ers prepare for Tuesday's game against the Utah Jazz, the hottest topic of discussion surrounding the National Basketball Association at the moment is the recent trade involving the Phoenix Suns that sent Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks. Bledsoe had asked to be traded before the season, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has said.

Bledsoe was fined $10,000 by the National Basketball Association for that tweet, McDonough told AZCentral.com on Sunday.

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Bledsoe hasn't played in a game for Phoenix since October 21, as the team reportedly has been expediting a trade for him. Not only has Bledsoe proven to be an effective scorer at times throughout his career, but the former Kentucky standout is coming off a big 2016-17 season in which he set a career high by averaging 21.1 points per game.

Monroe is averaging 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in five games this season. Over three seasons with the Bucks, he averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 165 games.

The 6-11 Monroe has an expiring contract, which means even more room for a Suns team with loads off cap space.

Phoenix also has the need to create an open roster spot if they hope to make Mike James their starting point guard for the rest of the season, as he is now on a two-way contract and can only spend 45 days with his commanding National Basketball Association team before going back to the G League.

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