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Jrue Holiday traded to Bucks for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, draft picks

Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday is headed to Milwaukee.

Holiday has been traded to the Bucks for Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three first-round draft picks, and two pick swaps, according to Shams Charania.

The New Orleans Pelicans began shopping Holiday in trade talks within the last few weeks and received interest from multiple teams. A report said the team wanted to send him to the Eastern Conference if they dealt him, and they have.

Holiday is one of the better two-way guards in the league. The 30-year-old averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game for the Pelicans last season. Milwaukee could use an upgrade over Bledsoe, whose hot-and-cold shooting has made it difficult for them in the postseason. Bledsoe shot 34.4 percent on threes last season but is just a 25.4 percent shooter on threes during his postseason career.

The Bucks are paying a hefty price to upgrade the guard position, but they feel it is necessary in an effort to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo with the team.

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Bucks will try to trade Eric Bledsoe this offseason?

Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe’s time with the Milwaukee Bucks could be drawing to a close this offseason.

Veteran basketball writer Chris Sheridan reported this week that it is “an open secret” that the Bucks will try to trade Bledsoe. Sheridan does note though that no trade discussions are currently taking place.

Shams Charania of The Athletic also reported last month that Bledsoe was expected to become a trade candidate.

The 30-year-old Bledsoe has three years and $54.4 million remaining on his contract. He remains a solid two-way guard but often draws criticism for his underwhelming play in the postseason. Bledsoe’s numbers also stagnated a bit this season despite the departure of Malcolm Brogdon. By the end of the year, Bledsoe was losing some minutes to George Hill and Pat Connaughton.

Milwaukee should still be able to command a decent return for Bledsoe. He made his second straight All-Defensive Team this season (though that came with a bit of controversy). After the Bucks’ disappointing second-round exit, a shake-up of some sort certainly seems likely.

Reggie Miller ridicules Eric Bledsoe with ‘limousine’ joke

Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe was having a rough game for the Milwaukee Bucks against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, and Reggie Miller let him hear it.

Bledsoe was 1-for-9 shooting through three quarters of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series between the teams. He had missed all three 3-pointers he attempted.

After Bledsoe missed a couple of shots in a row in the third quarter, Miller offered some criticism. The TNT analyst joked that Bledsoe was having a “limousine” game. The joke is that the opposing team sends a limo to pick up the player to make sure he’s in the game because his play is so bad. Baseball teams would say that about a player who strikes out a lot and is hitting below .200.

By the fourth quarter, Bledsoe wasn’t taking shots, which allowed Miami to leave him unguarded from deep. They were able to double-team other players instead.

Bledsoe shot 2-for-9 in Game 3 of the series, but other than that, he had been shooting fine. He was a 44.3 percent shooter in Milwaukee’s first-round playoff series win over Orlando. Sometimes you just start struggling and it turns into something worse, which appears to be the case with Bledsoe in Game 5.

5 unheralded NBA players who will be key when the season resumes

Montrezl Harrell

We know who the star players are on the 22 NBA teams that will participate in the resumed 2019-20 season in Orlando. There are others players who deserve attention, though. Every contender has an X-factor or an unheralded player who will have a big say in how well his team does in the playoffs.

Here are five unheralded NBA players who will play a key role in the conclusion of the season.

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Biggest questions facing Eastern Conference’s best teams

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The NBA is set to return to action at the end of July, and numerous questions pertaining to the logistics of the league’s plan remain. While we are learning the answers to those questions gradually, NBA teams must now question how they will perform when the season does return.

With playoff basketball on the horizon, here are the most critical questions surrounding the championship contenders in the Eastern Conference.

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Eric Bledsoe forgot the rules of basketball on this inbound play

Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe forgot the rules of basketball for a minute on one boneheaded play during his Milwaukee Bucks’ 129-124 win over the LA Clippers on Wednesday night.

Bledsoe was inbounding the ball in the fourth quarter of the game and forgot that he actually had to pass it. Instead, he just began dribbling.

Our guess is that Bledsoe wanted to test the refs to make sure they were paying attention. And they were.

Despite the embarrassing play, Bledsoe scored 20 points on 8/14 shooting and was a big factor in the Bucks’ win over the Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers.

8 players who need to step it up in the NBA playoffs

Ben Simmons

Three of the four NBA conference semifinal series are set to go at least six games, and it’s made for very exciting viewing for fans. It also means the stakes are high, and there’s little margin for error for players in each series. That’s especially true for key players, some of whom were huge parts of their organization’s regular season success but aren’t quite replicating it during this round of the playoffs.

Here is one player from each team still standing who needs to step it up if he wants to give his side the best possible chance of advancing.

Eric Bledsoe, Bucks

The Bucks are humming along just fine against the Boston Celtics, but some added firepower from Bledsoe could really seal their opponent’s fate. Bledsoe was a nice auxiliary option for Milwaukee during the regular season, and while not a great shooter, he shot a decent 33 percent in the regular season from three-point range. In the Eastern Conference semifinals, he’s gone just 4-of-16 — good for a .211 mark. His points per game have dropped as well, and the Celtics would probably struggle to overcome a steady game from him if the rest of Milwaukee’s weapons are firing, too.

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Watch: Eric Bledsoe ejected for skirmish with Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid and Eric Bledsoe got in a skirmish early in Thursday night’s Milwaukee Bucks-Philadelphia 76ers game that resulted in an ejection.

Just a few minutes into the TNT game, Bledsoe and Embiid traded shoves while fighting for positioning for a rebound. Embiid shoved Bledsoe, Bledsoe pushed back, then Embiid tossed the ball at Bledsoe, who fired it right back.

The rest of the players on the court converged, leading them to be separated.

Bledsoe was tossed for receiving two technicals. Embiid and Mike Scott each received technical fouls.

Eric Bledsoe agrees to $70 million extension with Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are doing what they can to retain a valuable member of the team.

The Bucks and Eric Bledsoe have agreed to a 4-year, $70 million extension, as reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bledsoe is making $15 million this season and was set to become a free agent after the year.

The 29-year-old guard has developed into a key member for the top-seeded Bucks. He is averaging 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for Milwaukee. His 49.2 field goal percentage is the best of his career.

Milwaukee has found a formula that is working and they’re trying to keep it going as long as possible.

Terry Rozier explains why he wore Drew Bledsoe jersey to arena

Terry Rozier paid tribute to former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe before the Boston Celtics began their second round playoff series on Monday night, but anyone who has been paying attention to the NBA postseason knows there was a lot more to it than that.

After the Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1, Rozier was asked about the significance of wearing a Bledsoe jersey. He played coy.

“I got love for my man Drew Bledsoe,” Rozier said with a big smile. “Even though we haven’t talked, I think he knows who I am and I know who he is, so that’s all that matters.”

Of course, Rozier was really taking a shot at Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe. The two players went back and forth both on and off the court in their seven-game series, and the feud really heated up when Bledsoe pretended to not know who Rozier is. A couple of on-court scuffles followed, but Bledsoe and Rozier ultimately gave each other respect once the series ended.

Had the Celtics lost to the Sixers on Monday, you might be able to make an argument that Rozier was too focused on last series and needs to move forward. But considering he scored a team-high 29 points to go along with eight assists, we can probably say Bledsoe’s words are still motivating Rozier.