Suns finalizing deal to send Eric Bledsoe to the Bucks

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What Bledsoe does offer the Bucks is position versatility with his ability to play both guard positions.

Milwaukee was rumored to be involved in discussions from the start, but reports that a deal could include Brogdon, the reigning Rookie of the Year, or Maker, a high-upside 20-year-old center, concerned some fans.

Bledsoe's trade is timely since the Bucks are in a slump, losing their last three games to drop to 4-5 on the season. Monroe has missed the team's last four games with a sore calf, and the team's gone 1-3, with their lone win coming against the helpless Atlanta Hawks before dropping three straight.

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According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Bledsoe will meet with the Bucks in San Antonio on Wednesday two days before they take on the Spurs. I'm also a really big fan of the Suns getting a first round pick for their troubles. Surely, Phoenix demanded Monroe instead of one of Milwaukee's longer-term deals once the Bucks weren't willing to include Brogdon or Parker (or multiple first-round picks). Suns general manager Ryan McDonough expressed Bledsoe "won't be with us moving forward" as speculation began to grow where Bled's next destination may be. A tweet that Bledsoe tried to say was in regards to being at a hair salon, but apparently the league didn't buy that excuse. However, Bledsoe owners are happy just to have him back in action. It appears the Phoenix Suns have granted Eric Bledsoe his wish to be traded. Bledsoe was told by management, according to sources, that the team had underperformed ever since he was given starting point guard responsibilities.

Phoenix only hurt themselves by not dealing with the Bledsoe situation then and letting it spill over into the regular season, where it became a public situation.

Monroe averaged 15.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for Detroit and Milwaukee from 2011-12 through 2015-16.