Bledsoe, Bucks agree on $70 million extension

Eric Bledsoe and the Bucks have agreed to a four-year, $70 million contract extension.

Eric Bledsoe has agreed to a four-year, $70 million contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Bledsoe, 29, is averaging 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 29.2 minutes in 60 games (all starts) for the Bucks this season, shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from the 3-point arc and 76.4 percent from the free-throw line.

By signing Bledsoe — who was headed to free agency July 1 — Milwaukee can now focus its attention on trying to re-sign pending free agent Khris Middleton this summer.

The Bucks (47-14) own the NBA’s best record heading into play Friday night.

Bledsoe, the 18th overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Kentucky by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Bledsoe was acquired by Milwaukee from Phoenix in exchange for Greg Monroe, a second-round draft pick in 2018 and a first-round pick in 2019.

The nine-year NBA veteran carries career averages of 14.0 points, 3.9 boards, 3.1 dimes and 1.4 steals in 27.9 minutes in 552 games (390 starts), with a shooting line of 45.5/33.5/79.6.

In addition to Phoenix and Milwaukee, Bledsoe also spent the first three seasons of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound point guard has earned more than $76 million in his NBA career.