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Eric Bledsoe opens up about why he wanted to leave the Phoenix Suns

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Eric Bledsoe finally got what he wanted after securing a trade away from the Phoenix Suns earlier this week.

The Suns agreed a trade package with the Milwaukee Bucks that sees them receive big man Greg Monroe and a 2018 first and second-round pick.

Bledsoe lands on a talented Bucks team which features the league's leading scorer in Giannis Antetokounmpo and is hoping to make a deep playoff run.

The point guard was desperate to compete and be in a winning situation and the move to the Bucks provides him with that opportunity and his skill set is just what the franchise required too.

Inevitably, there has been a fall out from his eventual departure from Phoenix as the 27-year-old has finally spoken out and given his side of events.

After the guard took to Twitter to reveal that he no longer wanted to play for the Suns, general manager Ryan McDonough wasted no time putting him on the trade block and claimed that the team's refusal to renegotiate and extend his contract over the offseason led to his trade request.

Bledsoe, however, has offered a different reason for his decision to seek a move.

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“I felt like it was time [to leave], especially when they sat me down last year,” Bledsoe said, per ESPN's Chris Haynes. “It gave me a better picture, a more clearer picture of what I needed to do.”

According to Haynes, at the time, word trickled out that he was dealing with “knee soreness,” possibly to justify shutting him down.

“I was 100 percent healthy then, and I’m 100 percent healthy now,” Bledsoe said.

In a clear tanking strategy, Phoenix shut the veteran down for the final month of the season and that clearly didn't sit well with him.

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They left the former Kentucky product with little option but to seek a move and backed themselves into a corner where they had little leverage in trade negotiations with other teams.

The big winners from this ugly saga are definitely the Bucks as they pulled off a good deal by giving up very little in return for a player who will add another dimension to their roster on both ends of the floor.

Last year, Bledsoe averaged a career-high 21.1 points and 6.3 assists and is also a tough defender thanks to his size and physicality.

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His quickness in transition and athleticism will also help to speed up the Milwaukee offence and allow head coach Jason Kidd to deploy a more up-tempo style.

Most importantly, it allows them to surround the Greek Freak with more talent and another scoring option to ease the load on him.

On paper, it's a perfect move for both parties so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

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