Eric Bledsoe owners can now rejoice! After being banished to the shadow realm by the Phoenix Suns and spending a grueling three weeks sitting on the couch, the nightmare is finally over.
Bledsoe has been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg “Moose” Monroe, a protected first-round pick, and a protected second-round pick. The Bled-show is now joining forces with the Greek Freak. What does this mean for your fantasy teams? Who are the winners and losers of this trade? I will overview what this trade means for your fantasy team.
Obviously the biggest beneficiary of this trade is Bledsoe himself. He got traded to a good young basketball team and can actually compete for a playoff spot for the first time in years. He joins a Bucks team that is 10th in offensive rating, as compared to the Suns which are ranked 26th. I fully expect him to eventually run the ball on half-court sets, and be able to keep up on the fast break with the rest of the young athletic players on the Bucks. He will continue to put up good all-around stats, averaging a decent number of points, rebounds, assists, and steals. Expect his assist numbers to go down a bit because of his surrounding cast (which is the best he has had since his days on the Clippers). Conversely, expect his three-pointers made to go up, since he will play off-ball a bit due to Giannis and the other playmakers on the team.
By trading Greg Monroe, the Bucks have solidified their trust in Henson and Thon Maker. Second year player Thon Maker still has a lot of developing to do before he is given more than 25 minutes at the Center position. Therefore, Henson becomes the main beneficiary of Greg Monroe being traded. Since Monroe has been sidelined with a calf injury, Henson has been averaging 5.3 pts, 9.0 reb, 3.0 ast, 1.0 stl, and 1.8 blk in 4 games. The blocks and rebounding numbers should remain consistent, with the potential of his points total increasing through playing the pick-and-roll offense with Bledsoe.
Mike James & Tyler Ulis
I, like everyone else, thought that the Suns would replace Bledsoe with another PG through trading him. Obviously, that was not the case. This is good news for Mike James and Tyler Ulis owners. The two young point guards will continue to run the offense in Phoenix. As of right now Mike James has been the main beneficiary of Bledsoe’s absence, being given more minutes and putting up better stats than Ulis across the board. However, Ulis believers will point to his production in the 2016-17 season post all-star break, where he averaged 13.2 pts, 7.2 ast, and 2.8 reb, in 32 mins a game. Expect to see both players continue to run the ball and put up numbers in Phoenix’s fast paced offense.
The reigning rookie of the year is the player who loses the most from this trade. Without the ability to read Coach Jason Kidd’s mind, it is possible that Brogdon drops out of the starting lineup in favor of Tony Snell, making Brogdon the sixth man. When he is on the floor, not only will he have to share point guard duties with Bledsoe, but he will also have to play off-ball more consistently resorting to a 3-and-D role. I could easily see his numbers decline, except for his percentages, threes, and defensive stats. Sell high while you can.
Tyson Chandler & Alex Len
Welcome to the logjam! With three centers now on the team and not enough minutes to go around, the Suns now have a logjam at the position. This will affect the production for all three centers. Expect all of their numbers to decrease slightly.
There is news that the Suns are exploring trade options for Monroe, before looking at a buy out, so it is possible that Monroe never sees the court in a Suns uniform. However, if Greg Monroe stays in Phoenix, Tyson Chandler and Alex Len will definitely be affected.
This one is for those of you in deeper leagues. Delly has been okay while playing about 20 minutes a game off the bench. However, with Bledsoe now arriving, I do not expect him to play more than 10 minutes a night, proving that he was a waste of a four-year, $38 million contract. Drop him in all formats.
Greg Monroe Drafters
It’s okay to admit it guys. There was at least one person in every 10+ team league out there that thought to themselves “you know what, Greg Monroe will be a great pick up for me this year. He was serviceable last year and has a better Bucks team around him.” Boy, were we all wrong. Greg Monroe is taking more L’s this year than Meek Mill and can be dropped in all formats (which he should have been already). I am sorry to say that the night you drafted him will still haunt you in your nightmares.