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CLEVELAND — Some quick random notes on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns. and Milwaukee Bucks.
1. The Cavs didn’t really try to trade for Eric Bledsoe because they did the math — and decided Isaiah Thomas’ scoring average of 28.9 points per game last season was better than Bledoe’s 21.1 points per game.
2. OK, that’s not really how it went down. But the Cavs did determine long ago that they didn’t want to surrender a draft pick for Bledsoe, traded from the Suns to the Bucks on Tuesday.
3. You also have to consider that Thomas is 5-foot-9 and Bledsoe is 6-1 on a good day. Both of those players are starters and need the ball. It could work, but it might not, either.
4. This isn’t to say the Cavs ignored the Bledsoe possibilities. But they weren’t willing to propose an offer even as good as the one eventually surrendered by the Bucks — who sent Greg Monroe, and a first- and second-round draft pick to the Suns.
5. And let’s be honest, Bledsoe may not have been the answer. He’s not a great perimeter shooter, and the Cavs have enough of not-great-perimeter shooters now. He is a slasher. Yes, he can finish at the rim. Yes, he’s a good defender (though not as dialed in as he once was). And no, his forte is not moving the ball.
6. Bottom line: Bledsoe is a fine guard and should fit very well next to all those athletes with the Bucks. But the Cavs are looking at Thomas as their Bledsoe — and if Thomas is anything close to what he was last season, he’s better. As an added bonus, the Cavs won’t need to make yet another overhaul of the roster. Thomas will just play with who is out there.
7. Granted, the Cavs have hardly been tearing it up. Even after their 124-119 win over the Bucks on Tuesday, they look like they could still use some help. But trading draft picks for Bledsoe would’ve been a panic move. This isn’t the panic-move portion of the season.
8. As Bucks coach Jason Kidd of the Cavs said before the game, “It’s early. It’s November. This is a marathon. It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.”
9. Meanwhile, the Suns now have three first-round picks. Word around the league is they aren’t done making moves. As ESPN reported, they may attempt to trade Monroe, whose contract expires at the end of the season. They could potentially buy out Monroe, making him a free agent, if a trade isn’t found.
10. As for the Bucks, I spoke with forward Khris Middleton about the trade. Here is the quick Q&A.
11. Also, Amico Hoops writer Eli Mooneyham spoke with Bucks guard (and former Cavs) Matthew Dellavedova. You can read that interview here.
12. Bledsoe, meanwhile, said he’s excited to play alongside Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. And man, Bledsoe should be — as The Greek Freak just keeps getting better, scarier, more amazing.
13. Antetokounmpo entered Tuesday’s game averaging 31 points. He scored 40 vs. the Cavs on 16-of-21 shooting. The guy is gonna be NBA MVP someday, and it will not be long.
14. I’ll have Dribbles on the game and much more later. Talk to you then.