The Phoenix Suns are finalizing a trade that will send disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report from ESPN.
In return, the Suns will receive Greg Monroe and a first-round and second-round draft pick. There are lottery protections on the first-rounder, ESPN reported.
Monroe was spotted walking with Bucks GM Jon Horst to a private room at Quicken Loans Arena by Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Matt Velasquez after shootaround Tuesday. The Bucks play the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night.
Bledsoe will not join the Bucks in Cleveland, according to ESPN. The plan is for Bledsoe to meet the team Wednesday in San Antonio.
The teams have been working on a trade for the past several weeks, but the Suns kept holding out for the picks. The Bucks believe Bledsoe will be the key to another run to the playoffs, and likely better than anyone they could get in the draft.
After sprinting to a 4-1 start without Bledsoe, the Suns have come back to earth, losing three straight.
Bledsoe, 27, was sent home and later fined $10,000 for implying on social media that he no longer wanted to play for the Suns.
He played 66 games last season, averaging 21.1 points and 6.3 assists.
Monroe, also 27, has been working his way back from a calf strain. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 81 games last season. His contract expires at season’s end, a fact that appealed to the Suns.