If Eric Bledsoe is your favorite player on the Phoenix Suns and you’ve been somewhere without internet access for the last week, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this. He Doesn’t want to be here anymore. He’s leaving. It’s over.
The good or bad news, depending on how you grade general manager Ryan McDonough’s previous dealings, is that the asking price for Bledsoe is high. Today Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times is reporting that the Suns are interested in trading their disgruntled guard for 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Here's the link to the Bucks-Suns' trade talks story: https://t.co/7e90vamJmk— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) October 26, 2017
Woelfel thinks such a move could be mutually beneficial.
The Bucks, like a slew of other teams, are enamored with Bledsoe’s scoring capabilities. With Jabari Parker expected to be sidelined until probably February, the Bucks are in need of an explosive scorer to complement Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
The $64,000 question is: What are the Bucks willing to surrender as compensation for Bledsoe? According to several NBA sources, it would likely be a combination of players with reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon being the major one.
Brogdon perfectly fits the mold of the player the Suns are seeking in a trade for Bledsoe: a relatively young starting guard –Brogdon is 24 and turns 25 on Dec. 11 – to team with gifted shooting guard Devin Booker.
But sources claim the Bucks are somewhat reluctant to trade Brogdon, whose all-around game, unselfishness and maturity have meshed nicely with Antetokounmpo and Middleton.
Ideally, the Bucks would like to acquire Bledsoe without sacrificing Brogdon though, and are instead shopping veteran guard Matthew Dellavedova.
But sources said the Bucks are, at least for now, dangling veteran guard Matthew Dellavedova, who started 54 games last season and averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 assists, instead of Brogdon. The Suns are balking and appear adamant on wanting Brogdon.
The scuttlebutt is, if the Suns got their way, they’d acquire Brogdon and either veteran big man John Henson or former Suns forward Mirza Teletovic.
I for one am for any plan that involves Mirza Teletovic in Phoenix. I have no numbers to support whether or not that’s a good decision. He just became one of my favorite Suns of all-time during the 79 games he spent with the Suns. I don’t know why, sports are weird. Maybe it was the whole “dying for basketball” thing.
Back to the headliners though.
What do you think of a deal for Brogdon?