NBA Trade Updates: Bucks, Suns seal Bledsoe deal; Knicks shopping big man

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The Suns and Bucks are finalizing a deal to send Bledsoe to Milwaukee in exchange for center Greg Monroe, a protected 2018 first-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick, according to ESPN.

Eric Bledsoe finally is getting his wish.

The Bucks play Cleveland Tuesday night and Bledsoe is not expected play.

Bledsoe is averaging 15.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in three games for the Suns this season - his fifth with the team.

The Bucks pulled the trigger Tuesday and acquired a high-scoring guard from Phoenix without giving up rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon.

The Suns have been trying to trade Bledsoe for a couple of weeks after he tweeted his displeasure at playing for the struggling Suns.

Bledsoe has been away from the Suns for disciplinary reasons but Milwaukee had no issue with bringing him on board. He spent the first five years of his career with the Detroit Pistons before heading to the Bucks. With the trade, the Suns (4-7) now have three first-round picks in 2018.

Phoenix also has the need to create an open roster spot if they hope to make Mike James their starting point guard for the rest of the season, as he is now on a two-way contract and can only spend 45 days with his commanding National Basketball Association team before going back to the G League. Monroe was attractive in large part because he is an expiring contract. We're looking forward to getting started in Milwaukee.

Phoenix, rebuilding with an extremely young roster featuring Booker and T.J. Warren, has not made the playoffs in six years.

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