Bucks acquire Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, two picks


Eric Bledsoe finally is getting his wish.

The Phoenix Suns have traded guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forward Greg Monroe, along with a first-round draft pick and second-round draft pick, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski previously reported the Bucks wanted to add Bledsoe but were not willing to give up young, talented players like Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker or Jabari Parker, who should return from injury later this season. The NBA fined the eight-year NBA veteran $10,000 for the tweet.

With Bledsoe's arrival, the Bucks will have a high-scoring team when he plays alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

Bledsoe, 27, averaged 21.3 points, 6.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 66 games last season before the being shut down for the remainder of the season.

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The 27-year-old Monroe, who joined the team as a free agent in 2015 after five years in Detroit, has been sidelined recently because of a left calf strain.

The Suns will take on the final year Greg Monroe's $17.9 million contract, while picking up a future first-round pick. Over three seasons with the Bucks, he averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 165 games. The Suns will receive Milwaukee's second-round pick in 2018 if in the range of 48-60 overall.

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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