The Phoenix Suns have been the talk of the NBA world as of late, and not for the right reasons.
After a terrible start to the 2017-18 NBA season, including a franchise-record losing margin to the Portland Trail Blazers on opening night, things continued to go downhill for the Suns, as their star point guard Eric Bledsoe made a trade request publically on Twitter, leading to Bledsoe being benched indefinitely.
Since then, things have gotten a little better for Phoenix, as they have at least won 4 out of 11 games this season so far, and have managed to move Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks, even if it was for pennies in return.
The Suns received forward Greg Monroe and two picks from the Bucks in the trade -- one of them being a first-rounder -- and to be honest with you, the Bucks came away with a massive steal.
Things become even worse for the Suns however, as looking back we can see exactly what moves Phoenix have made in the past few years to end up with Monroe on his final year of his contract.
That's right, the Suns gave up three great point guards for Chriss, Monroe and a handful of picks.
The Suns traded Isaiah Thomas in 2015 to Boston in return for Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-rounder. Thornton left in free agency the next year, and Phoenix later traded that pick to the Kings, which turned into Skal Labissiere, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Georgios Papagiannis for Marquesse Chriss.
In the same month, Phoenix also got rid of Goran and Zoran Dragic, trading the brothers to the Miami Heat, receiving Danny Granger, -- who was traded to the Pistons for a second-rounder -- John Salmons -- who was waived -- and a 2017 first-round pick, which turned into Josh Jackson.
Finally, Phoenix traded Bledsoe to Milwaukee for Greg Monroe, a protected first-round pick and a protected second-round pick.
So, in summary, the Suns gave away All-Star Isaiah Thomas, the serviceable Goran Dragic and athletic freak Eric Bledsoe for Marquesse Chriss, Josh Jackson, Greg Monroe -- who will most likely be bought out or traded in the not-so-distant future -- and two picks which aren't even going to land in the lottery.
Good going Phoenix.