So, Eric Bledsoe is not very happy in Phoenix. He made the pretty obvious in this tweet last night.
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
Bledsoe has good reason to not be happy in his current situation. The Suns have kicked the season off by going 0-3, including two 40-point blowout losses. This has apparently left Bledsoe very discontent with the team. At 27 years old, Bledsoe is in his “prime” (that still really hasn’t kicked off yet due to being on awful teams) and wants a chance to win somewhere.
Bledsoe is an above average 2-way guard in the NBA, and could definitely help a contender or up-and-coming team as their #2 or #3 option. Here is a list of teams that should pull the trigger on trading for Bledsoe:
1.) Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are 2-1 this year, and this decent start can be mostly attributed Giannis Antetokounmpo’s stellar performance. The Greak Freak is averaging 38 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists, and is coming up with clutch steals, blocks, and dunks in order to lead the Bucks. Besides him, Malcom Brogdon (16 ppg on 47/50/88% shooting splits) and Khris Middleton (13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists per game) have each played decent, but there is a huge drop off after those three guys.
If the Bucks want to seriously compete in the top of the Eastern Conference, and not waste how well Giannis is seemingly going to be, they should trade for Bledsoe if they can get him cheap. The Bucks have a very strong young core in Giannis-Brogdon-Middleton-Jabari Parker (currently injured), so trading a first-round draft pick should not be a problem. The Bledsoe/Brogdon backcourt would be deadly offensively and defensively, and would just be another asset to surround Giannis with as he becomes a Top 5 NBA player.
2.) Denver Nuggets
Another team with a strong young core, the Nuggets are on the rise with solid players in Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, and All-Star Paul Millsap. The Nuggets are one of the biggest wildcards this year, and be anywhere from fighting for the 8 seed in the Western Conference, all the way up to competing for the 4/5 seed.
If Denver decided to trade for Eric Bledsoe, it would definitely solidify there starting five, and give them a much better chance to succeed this season. Bledsoe/Harris would be another good 2-way duo, and it would give triple-double machine Nikola Jokic another strong shooter to find. It would also allow Jamal Murray, only 20 years, to run more with the second unit and be able to develop more easily. Denver would be another good fit for Bledsoe.
3.) Los Angeles Clippers
Bledsoe started his career with the Clippers, where he showed promise as a backup behind Chris Paul before landing in Phoenix. If Bledsoe were to head back to L.A. it would be mutually beneficial to both parties. Starting PG Milos Tedosic just went down with injury, leaving only Austin Rivers and Patrick Beverly to run the point. Rivers is more suited as a shooting guard, and Beverly is more a defensive presence than offensive initiator.
Bledsoe would be able to easily and quickly transition into the starting point guard for the Clippers, and would already have strong chemistry with former teammates in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Griffin has been playing outstanding so far this year (29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists per game) but Bledsoe would be able to take some pressure off of him. The Clippers are in similar situation at the Bucks and Nuggets in terms of young talent, and Bledsoe may be worth the first round pick, or maybe a couple role guys and a second rounder.
Bledsoe hates being in Phoenix and it seems he won’t be playing for them going forward, so the Suns should be looking to get whatever they can for him to assist in their rebuild.