The NBA trade moratorium was lifted today, and several teams have wasted no time in making blockbuster moves.
The day began with the Thunder shipping Chris Paul to the Suns, pairing the 10-time All-Star guard with former Kentucky Wildcats guard and 2020 All-Star Devin Booker.
Now, another big trade has just been made, and this one directly involves a former Cat.
Late Monday night, news broke that the Bucks were trading Eric Bledsoe and other assets to the Pelicans for Jrue Holiday.
Bucks sending Eric Bledsoe and George Hill and draft compensation to New Orleans, sources said. https://t.co/3K12F8WGI9— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 17, 2020
New Orleans also receives two future draft pick swaps from Milwaukee, along with three firsts, sources said. https://t.co/pZtkfvZkrD— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 17, 2020
It’s a tough break for Bledsoe, who leaves arguably the top NBA Finals contender in the Eastern Conference and now joins a Pelicans team that, even with a healthy Zion Williamson, will struggle just to make the playoffs in a much deeper Western Conference.
This past season, Bledsoe averaged 14.9 points, 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds for a Bucks team that finished the regular season with the NBA’s best record. However, they were upset by the Heat in the second round of the NBA bubble playoffs, leading Milwaukee to make a big splash this offseason to ensure they don’t miss out on the NBA Finals again next season.
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