Eric Bledsoe appears to sign Bucks extension before taking on former team, the Suns
The Milwaukee Bucks took the first step in keeping their impressive core intact when point guard Eric Bledsoe signed a four-year, $70 million extension Monday. The Bucks announced the official signing via Twitter:
✍️ Making it official!!
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 4, 2019
The timing of the official signing has raised some eyebrows. It comes just hours before Bledsoe takes on a team he played four seasons with, the Phoenix Suns.
Bledsoe was traded from Phoenix to Milwaukee after the relationship between the Suns and Bledsoe took a rocky turn.
The dynamic guard once claimed the Suns “used free agency against him” after he was offered less than he thought he was worth in 2014. Since there were no other offers, Bledsoe grudgingly resigned with Phoenix.
Bledsoe was part of a roster that included Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas. On paper, it looked like the three would form one of the most formidable backcourts in the league. Unfortunately, the stars never meshed, and the Suns were forced to eventually rid themselves of all three.
During the 2017-18 season, tensions reached unbearable heights. Bledsoe infamously tweeted “I Don’t wanna be here”, leading to a fine from the NBA. He was subsequently traded to the Bucks just weeks later.
Now, Bledsoe has become an integral piece to one of the deepest teams in the league. He has provided quality minutes on both sides of the floor, averaging 15.9 points, 5.5 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. Look for him to play at an even higher level tonight as he attempts to remind his former team what they’re missing out on.