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Eric Bledsoe is officially a member of the Milwaukee Bucks now after he got his wish and was finally traded from the Phoenix Suns earlier this afternoon.
The Suns sent Bledsoe to Milwaukee in exchange for big man Greg Monroe and a first and second-round draft pick.
The explosive point guard made his first public comments over social media once the trade was announced and said he is excited to join the up-and-coming Bucks while thanking the Suns and the city of Phoenix for his time there.
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Bledsoe had more things to say about the big trade in his exclusive chat with ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
After being on the lowly Suns for the past four seasons and not experiencing winning basketball, Bledsoe tells ESPN he is happy to be back on a contending team and that it was time to move on from Phoenix.
“It means a lot to me,” Bledsoe told ESPN about being a Buck. “I’m in my prime and headed to a competitive situation in the Eastern Conference. This is a great time for me and my family. We’re looking forward to getting started in Milwaukee. I had a great time in Phoenix, but I’m excited for what’s next.
“[With the Suns] I felt like with where the team was headed, it was time for me to move on. They’ve got an amazing, young, talented team, and I feel like it was time for me to find a better situation for my career. It had nothing to do with anything the Suns had going on. I made the decision that this was best for me.”
Bledsoe, 27, played in 66 games last season, averaging 21.1 points and 6.3 assists.
Anyone who has been following the Bucks this year knows that they were lacking another playmaker on offense to complement star swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo. They need a guy who can break a defense down and score without using a pick, otherwise their offense is going to be ghastly every time Antetokounmpo is locked up.
The Bucks’ front office has to be commended for acquiring Bledsoe while giving up so little. Bledsoe’s scoring capability and the pressure he puts on defenses when he’s going downhill are skills no guard on the Bucks roster possesses.
Bledsoe has been linked to Milwaukee in the past. The franchise pursued him heavily a few years ago in free agency and head coach Jason Kidd is a big fan of Bledsoe’s game.
Now, Bledsoe, Antetokounmpo and Kidd will look to lead the Bucks to a deep playoff run come May.
“You’ve seen him,” Bledsoe said of Antetokounmpo. “I’ve watched him play like everyone else. He’s one of the top 10 players in this league. He’s a great player. With my talent, and going over there to help facilitate, score, rebound, defend, I’m going to do what’s expected of me and whatever is asked in order for us to win games.
“I’m excited about where the team is headed, I’m excited about how talented they are. I get to learn from a Hall of Fame coach. When I was a free agent, they were a team that really had interest, so that played a big part.”