After his acrimonious departure from the Phoenix Suns, Eric Bledsoe finally returned to the floor and enjoyed an impressive debut for the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
The point guard secured a trade to the Wisconsin-based franchise earlier this week and was immediately installed into their starting line up against the San Antonio Spurs.
It proved to be a smart choice by head coach Jason Kidd as Bledsoe made a big contribution to the 94-87 win.
The former Suns man posted 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the victory and wasted no time creating a positive relationship on the floor with Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Both players used the word 'easy' to describe their first outing together as they were on the same page throughout the night.
"It's really easy to go play with him because you know he's going to find you," Antetokounmpo said. "He's going to make the right play. That's how we want to play. We want to play with an edge. I think Eric helped a lot with that."
Bledsoe spoke about the joy he felt in throwing his first alley-oop pass to the Greek Freak and how his new teammate creates opportunities for them both to score easy buckets.
"The other team gets scared, not us. You see a big smile on our face. They're either going to give up an easy layup or try to stop his dunk," he said, per ESPN.
"So you've got to pick your poison at that point. What more is there to do than throw it up to a man that's going to get the easy assist? I watched him play all the time. I watched y'all play all the time... us now."
The 27-year-old's arrival in Milwaukee certainly gives the team a chance to play at a faster speed, particularly in transition.
"I told him that if he goes downhill, it makes everything a lot easier," Antetokounmpo said. "He's going to make a play for someone else.
"He's going to make a play for himself, or I'm going to be wide open on the roll. It's easy knowing that your point guard knows what you're thinking. It's just easy when you go downhill."
The Bucks can now be considered a real threat in the Eastern Conference and should certainly be among the top five seeds heading into the playoffs.
They pulled off a real coup with the capture of Bledsoe and it could be just the move they needed to take that next step.