- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Phoenix Suns traded guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday in exchange for center Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks.

Bledsoe, 27, gives the Bucks a lengthy, play-making point guard to go along with star Giannis Antetokounmpo. The guard had been inactive since Oct. 23, when he tweeted “I don’t wanna to be here” a day earlier. The tweet came on the same day the Suns fired coach Earl Watson.

The Suns, projected to finish as one of the NBA’s worst teams, get a reliable backup center and a first-round pick to help further along their rebuild.

Bledsoe has appeared in just three games this season, averaging 15.7 points and 3.3 assists per game.

Monroe, a center who starred at Georgetown, joined the Bucks as a free agent in 2015, but has been out with a left calf strain.

ESPN first reported the deal, which was formally announced Tuesday afternoon.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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