CLEVELAND — Prior to the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd addressed the organization’s trade for Eric Bledsoe.
Bledsoe was traded to the Bucks on Tuesday for center Greg Monroe, as well as a first-round and second-round draft pick. ESPN reported that both draft picks are protected.
“It’s great, but we got a game tonight, so understanding that we’re playing a very talented team in Cleveland,” Kidd said. “We can talk about the trade tomorrow and Thursday, but hopefully it helps us. I think we’re excited, Eric’s excited.
“On the other side of that coin is (Monroe) did everything we asked to help us win. From being a starter, to being asked to go to the bench, and help us have a stronger bench. So again, I wish him the best, because again he did everything we asked.”
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Bledsoe is not joining the Bucks for their showdown against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, but Kidd told reporters that he is expected to take his physical and will meet the Bucks in San Antonio.
The two teams had been working on a trade for weeks, with the Suns holding out for draft picks. Phoenix decided to trade Bledsoe after he was sent home and later fined $10,000 for implying on Twitter that he no longer wanted to play for the Suns.
Having Bledsoe around will no doubt ease some of the playmaking responsibilities of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who currently leads the league averaging 31.0 points per game.
Regardless of how much Kidd thinks the trade will help the team, his main focus on Tuesday remained the showdown against the Cavs.
“Even though we’re a young team, this isn’t our first time going through a trade,” he said. “And hopefully we handle it the right way, which I expect my guys to, but foremost be ready tonight.”