Eric Bledsoe.

Suns trade disgruntled Bledsoe to Bucks

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Eric Bledsoe is no longer a member of the Phoenix Suns.

The disgruntled guard has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for center Greg Monroe and a pair of draft picks, the Suns announced Tuesday.

Phoenix receives the rights to a future first-round pick and a 2018 protected second-round selection in return.

Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe, who tweeted "I don't wanna be here" on Oct. 22, had been sidelined immediately by the club after the social media outburst while it explored potential trade partners. The 27-year-old was in his fifth year with Phoenix, and averaged a career-best 21.1 per game last season. He averaged 15.7 points and three assists in only three games for Phoenix this year. His trade demands certainly diminished the value Phoenix received in the deal.

The shooting guard is being paid $14.5 million this season and will earn $15 million in 2018-19. He now projects as Milwaukee's starting two-guard, and will certainly be a secondary scoring option alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo. The up-and-coming Bucks were expected to contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference coming into the season, and have now strengthened their position as contenders after the acquisition of Bledsoe.

Monroe, 27, is in his eighth NBA season and will join an already crowded Phoenix frontcourt. The Suns already have an abundance of big men, with Tyson Chandler, Alex Len, Marquese Chriss, and Dragan Bender competing for minutes, so it makes sense that a corresponding roster move or trade could be on the horizon. The 6-foot-11 powerhouse finished sixth in voting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year last season, averaging 11.7 points while logging 13 double-doubles off the bench.

Greg Monroe

Milwaukee deemed Monroe expendable because of the emergence of defensive stalwart Thon Maker, and the sustained play of John Henson at the center position. The Bucks' frontcourt will also be bolstered by the return of Jabari Parker in February, once he fully recovers from a torn ACL.

Phoenix has dropped three straight contests to fall to 4-7 on the campaign, while the Bucks have also sputtered early in the season, putting together a 4-5 record heading into play Tuesday.

Milwaukee Bucks
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Greg Monroe
Phoenix Suns
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