After last season when the Milwaukee Bucks finished as the 5 seed in the East, a season of inevitable Giannis Antetokounmpo domination seemed to be on the horizon. The front office did not feel the need to change the team over the offseason. They only made one selection in the draft, taking DJ Wilson from the University of Michigan. Wilson was instrumental in Michigan’s surprise run to the Sweet 16. He was a highly touted prospect in last year’s draft. However, the rest of the team stayed the same and they appear to be poised to make a big leap this season. They have a dominant superstar in Giannis, a pure shooter in Khris Middleton, and a good young talent in reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon. However, this core needs another big player if they want to have a chance of taking down either the Celtics or the Cavs in the postseason. The Bucks got that big player today that immediately gives them a chance to compete in the Eastern Conference this season.
It has been public knowledge for a few weeks that Eric Bledsoe is done playing for the Phoenix Suns after posting on Twitter that he did not want to be there. He tried to say that the tweet was in reference to his visit to the barbershop, but Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough obviously didn’t believe his explanation. McDonough then said publicly that Bledsoe’s time with the Suns was done. There were trade rumors surrounding Bledsoe linked to the Cavaliers, Knicks, and other teams. However, the Milwaukee Bucks were the ones to finally end the trade discussion.
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
This morning, the Suns traded Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks in return for big man Greg Monroe and a future 1st round pick. In my opinion, this is a good trade for both teams because it fits their needs. Phoenix is clearly stocking up for the future and already have two young studs at the guard position in Devin Booker and rookie Mike James. They need some player who can provide veteran leadership and Monroe fits that role. Monroe is averaging 16 minutes per game while scoring 7 points per game and grabbing 5 rebounds per game. Monroe is still young and developing at the age of 27. He can still play in the league for years to come and he will be an important member of the Suns due to his experience and leadership capabilities. The Bucks also benefit from this trade, mostly because they managed to get a great player like Bledsoe without giving up either Malcolm Brogdon or Jabari Parker. Although Parker has struggled with injuries, he has shown what he can do when not hurt. A team with the Greek Freak, Bledsoe, Jabari, Brogdon, and Thon Maker has the talent to make a deep run in the playoffs and compete with any team in the East.
The Bucks continue to develop and maintain their core, which gives them the chance to be good for years to come. This is an important trade for Milwaukee and I think it was the right fit for Bledsoe because he should be happy going from a struggling Suns team to a playoff contender in Milwaukee. We will see soon how this trade works out for both sides but I really like this trade for both teams as it improves each team.