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.