Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said Eric Bledsoe requested a trade after Phoenix refused to renegotiate-and-extend the guard’s contract over the offseason.

Bledsoe, traded to the Bucks, provided a different reason.

Bledsoe, via Chris Haynes of ESPN:

“I felt like it was time [to leave], especially when they sat me down last year,” Bledsoe said. “It gave me a better picture, a more clearer picture of what I needed to do.”

At the time, word trickled out that he was dealing with “knee soreness,” possibly to justify shutting him down.