Breaking news came from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski this morning. Eric Bledsoe has been traded from the Suns to the Bucks in exchange for Greg Monroe and a first round pick.
Bledsoe had been not playing for the Suns due to his controversial “I don’t want to be here” tweet. He claimed that it was about a barbershop in Phoenix, but the Suns’ GM decided it was best that the two parted ways.
Bledsoe will be joining a Bucks team that has struggled to begin the 2017-2018 season. The “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo has looked like the league’s MVP, with an impressive stat line of 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists per game while shooting 58% from the field.
Giannis needs more help, though. There have been bright spots for the Bucks, as Malcolm Brogdon has made strides in his second year and Tony Snell has shot the ball well. Khris Middleton has been inconsistent, though, and the Bucks have gotten little help from their bench. Bledsoe will provide another scorer for Milwaukee and will be a nice defensive spark as well.
One main question for the Bucks will be what the starting lineup will be with their new acquisition of Bledsoe. They will most likely choose to bring Malcolm Brogdon or Tony Snell off the bench and start Bledsoe. When Jabari Parker comes back in February, Milwaukee will even further improve their depth as Parker could either come off the bench or start as well.
The other issue Milwaukee needs to address is how they will distribute the minutes to their centers. With Greg Monroe now out of the fold, they are left with Thon Maker and John Henson. Both big men bring different elements to the game with Maker being able to spread the floor and Henson protecting the rim. They both have not been able to contain stronger centers, though, so the Bucks may need to look for outside help in order to address this issue.
Overall, the Bucks made a nice addition to an already talented roster. They could be very dangerous in a wide open Eastern Conference.