After some early season struggles and a need for a true point guard to play along side star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks pulled the trigger on a trade for Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe.
In the return, Phoenix received center Greg Monroe and his expiring contract along with a first and second round pick. An important aspect for the Bucks is that the first round pick has a lottery protection attached to it, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.
With the lottery protection attached, first year General Manger Jon Horst has pulled a savvy manuever, as the Bucks would retain the pick if they were to collapse this season.
For the Bucks, they are receiving an All-Star caliber point guard to slot right into their starting lineup. Over the past two seasons, Bledsoe has averaged over 20 points and six assists per game.
He also put up a career high in rebounds per game with 4.8 last season, an area the Bucks will hope he continues to improve in as the Bucks rank near the bottom of the league in rebounding.
The Bucks were also able to make the trade without hemorrhaging any of their young talent. Center Thon Maker should continue to get the starts at center and second year point guard Malcom Brogden will most likely slide over to starting shooting guard.
That move will create depth for the Bucks moving Tony Snell to the bench to bring his three-and-D versatility to the second unit.
Overall, the initial reaction is the Bucks won the trade. But we all remember what happened the last time they made a trade for a point guard. (RIP Michael Carter-Williams)