Suns And Bucks Make NBA Trade

NBA Rumors: Suns Trading Eric Bledsoe To Bucks For Greg Monroe, First-Rounder

The Milwaukee Bucks Just Added Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe finally is getting his wish.

The Suns are finalizing a trade to send Bledsoe to the Bucks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

Milwaukee will send back Greg Monroe (who has an expiring contract) and a first round pick, per Wojnarowski.

Jack Maloney from CBS Sports is reporting that the Phoenix Suns are allowing guard Eric Bledsoe to workout at their facilities, but have reiterated that he will not rejoin the team. And Monroe, despite limited use this season, has per-36 minute averages of 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds.

Bledsoe has been away from the Suns for disciplinary reasons but Milwaukee had no issue with bringing him on board. Earlier, the Suns wanted to trade Bledsoe for Bucks guard, reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon [VIDEO]. On the trade block for almost a year, Monroe averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 165 games since signing with the Bucks in 2015. I really like the idea of Bledsoe, Middleton and The Greek Freak on the court at the same time. No doubt in my mind that the Bucks are a better team after this deal. This team has been winning without Bledsoe this season and it could continue to happen, however my focus is continuing to develop younger talent, and keeping them healthy. Rubio's value surely wasn't as high as Bledsoe's at the time, and while the first-rounder the Timberwolves got no longer looks as good as Milwaukee's because the Oklahoma City Thunder subsequently added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Minnesota got huge benefit from clearing enough cap space to sign Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson as free agents.

Immediately following the trade news, the Bucks' odds of winning the Eastern Conference went from 12-1 to 10-1, at the Westgate in Las Vegas, and from 50-1 to 40-1 to win the National Basketball Association championship. Tuesday's trade was exciting news in Milwaukee; now, the timetable accelerates, and the pressure and expectations turn up even more.

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