Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks

first_imgFILE – At left, in a March 6, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Greg Monroe (15) shoots during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. At right, in a March 12, 2017, file photo, Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) shoots over a Portland Trail Blazers defender during an NBA basketball game, in Phoenix. A person with knowledge of the deal says the Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for big man Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks. The deal includes a protected first-round and a protected second-round draft pick, according to the person who spoke Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, on condition of anonymity because the trade first reported by ESPN had not yet been finalized.(AP Photo/File)MILWAUKEE — Eric Bledsoe’s disgruntled days are over.The talented guard is getting a fresh start with the Milwaukee Bucks, who have another proven scorer to take some pressure off All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “He adds a veteran point guard, a guy who plays with pace and can get into the paint, can make the right play,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “He’s been on the cusp of being an All-Star the last three years. He brings a different dimension to their team. He can shoot the basketball, get in the paint, run pick-and-roll and he’s a good defender also.“It’s a good pickup for them.”Bledsoe averaged more than 20 points and six assists per game in each of the last two seasons with the Suns, including career highs in points (21.1) and assists (6.3) last season. Bledsoe spent the past five seasons in Phoenix after his first three years with the Clippers.The 27-year-old Monroe, who joined the team as a free agent in 2015 after five years in Detroit, has been sidelined recently because of a left calf strain. Over three seasons with the Bucks, he averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 165 games.Without him, Milwaukee will likely consolidate the center position and look ahead to early next year, when the front line should get a boost with the return of injured forward Jabari Parker.The 6-foot-11 Monroe has an expiring contract, which means even more room for a Suns team with loads of cap space. They also could have as many as three first-round picks next season.“Moose did everything we asked him to help us win, from being a starter to being asked to go to the bench and help us have a stronger bench,” Kidd said. “I wish him the best because he did everything we asked.”Milwaukee’s first-round pick will belong to the Suns in 2018 if in the range of 11-16 overall; in 2019 if in the range of 4-16; in 2020 if in the range of 8-30; and in 2021 it will be unprotected. The Suns get Milwaukee’s second-round pick next year if in the range of 48-60 overall.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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We can do a lot of things. We’ll have more ball-handlers on the court at the same time. He’s going to be a great for us.”Already a dangerous and up-and-coming team, the Bucks could go to another level with Bledsoe.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Olympic marathon champion Sumgong banned 4 years for EPOcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Bledsoe, who wanted out of Phoenix, was traded to the Bucks on Tuesday in exchange for big man Greg Monroe and two 2018 draft picks.The 27-year-old Bledsoe had not been with the Suns since Oct. 22, when he posted “I Don’t wanna be here” on Twitter, the same day the Suns fired coach Earl Watson. He had been averaging 15.7 points per game, second behind Devin Booker, and was the team’s on-court leader.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe was sent home by the Suns after the tweet, reducing the team’s leverage because everyone in the league knew Phoenix was trying to trade him. Bledsoe had asked to be traded before the season, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has said. The NBA fined the eight-year NBA veteran $10,000 for the tweet.Adding Bledsoe will take some of the focus off Antetokounmpo, the Bucks’ primary ball-handler. Milwaukee had lost four of its last five games before visiting the Cavaliers, but adding Bledsoe’s scoring ability alongside Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton on a team that also includes rising guard Malcolm Brogdon could help. 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UEFA Champions League: Massimiliano Allegri happy with Juventus’ goalless draw with Barcelona

first_imgJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was delighted his side were involved in their first 0-0 draw of the season in midweek and is looking forward to the chance to finally coach his players.Allegri had become alarmed at the way his team’s previously impregnable defence had been shipping goals after last Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Sampdoria in Serie A.But Wednesday’s 0-0 stalemate at home to Barcelona in the Champions League, though dull to the neutrals, had the pragmatic coach purring, especially as he had to field an improvised defence after Giorgio Chiellini pulled out with a thigh injury.”I told the players that I was not interested in the result, but in the performance,” said Allegri. “I saw the right spirit and heart, as when Juve defend in the right way, all together, it’s tough for us to concede goals.”It was only the second time in their last 10 games that Juventus had kept a clean sheet, a worrying statistic for a team who last term made a habit of grinding out 1-0 and 2-0 wins and conceded only 27 goals in 38 Serie A games.There was always a risk they would struggle this term after the breakup of the so-called BBC defence — Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci – which had been together since 2010 and helped Juve win the last six Serie A titles.Bonucci, one of Europe’s top defenders, left for AC Milan in the close season, leaving Allegri to reshuffle the pieces.Juventus, third in Serie A, are four points behind leaders Napoli, though they could cut the gap as they host lowly Crotone on Sunday while their rivals have a tougher match at Genoa.advertisementAlso important for Allegri is that Juve have no midweek game next week and can prepare for the Napoli showdown on Dec 1.They have been playing two matches a week since the start of the season while in the two international breaks nearly the entire squad has departed to play for their national teams. “In the last three months, we haven’t been able to train because of all the matches,” said Allegri. “We want to improve the quality of the football and our scoring opportunities, but we have improved the defence and I am glad about that.””We are maybe less good to watch but we are becoming more solid. The more you go without conceding, the more confidence you have and the more chances you will create.”last_img read more