In mid-October, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe demanded a trade, and the team sent him away as they tried to find a destination for Bledsoe. The Bucks were long rumored to be interested, and the two sides were able to work put a deal, which sent Bledsoe to the Bucks in exchange for Greg Monroe and a first round draft pick. Greg Monroe has missed the Bucks last four games with a calf injury, he has been an important part of the Bucks second unit as scoring and rebounding off the bench, however John Henson has played well in increased minutes since Monroe got injured so the Bucks deemed Monroe expendable. Greg Monroe also has a gigantic expiring contract, which makes him attractive to the Bucks, he makes over $17 million this season and is a free agent after the season. Do not be surprised if Monroe is part of another trade, or bought out, he is salary cap space for the Suns next year. The Suns also get another first round draft pick, which should be somewhere in the 20’s, to help with their ongoing rebuild. The Bucks obviously win this deal, point guard has been an ongoing problem, and they get a lead guard in Eric Bledsoe to pair with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bledsoe is not the athlete of defender he was when he burst into the league, but he is a solid point guard, and he represents a huge upgrade. The big deal for the Bucks is they did not have to surrender reigning NBA Rookie Of The Year Malcolm Brogdon, who the Suns demanded in early trade discussions, he stays in Milwaukee.
UPDATE: The Suns also get a second round pick in the trade. The first round pick is lottery protected.