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NBA Trades: Clippers, Suns Get Stronger. Bucks? Not So Much


The Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks completed a three-way trade Tuesday afternoon that, while not considered a block-buster, moved a lot of valuable role players around.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers will receive guard J.J. Redick and swingman Jared Dudley. The Suns get widely-sought-after point guards Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler. The Bucks will receive two second-round picks in return for Redick in a sign-and-trade that will pay Redick $27 million over four years.

The move made the Clippers stronger, Suns brighter, and Bucks… well, they got Bucked.

The Clippers headline the deal, as they continue to improve now under Doc Rivers. Redick fills a need as a sharp-shooting three-point threat and provides decent defense. Dudley, thought of as an ace defender on the wing, is a good fit in L.A.

In fact, Dudley is ecstatic about the move.

Dudley in the fold allows Rivers to be more creative with the Clippers’ lineups. They could go small, with Dudley at power forward and Blake Griffin at center without losing defensive efficiency on the wings. That would allow Chris Paul, Redick and Jamal Crawford to head a potentially-lethal back court that features a dynamic playmaker, three-point shooter and slasher.

It’s a relatively good deal for the Suns as well. They take on Caron Butler’s salary ($8 million for next year) but acquire Bledsoe, who has been the center of many trade discussions this offseason. All they lose is Jared Dudley who, while a valuable role player, wasn’t winning any games for Phoenix. The Suns could face a jam at the point, with Bledsoe added to Goran Dragic and Kendall Marshall.

It’s hard to tell what the Bucks have been doing, dating back to last season’s trade deadline, when they shipped promising small forward Tobias Harris to the Orlando Magic for Redick in a multi-player deal. And we all knew Redick wasn’t sticking around in Milwaukee after living in Orlando and North Carolina for his entire adult life. They got two second-round picks in return for him.

So the Bucks, who got swept by the Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs last season, basically traded Harris (the 19th pick in the draft two years ago) for two second-round picks.

Maybe a tweet by The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre explains the Bucks’ thinking.

 

Maybe.

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