Yahoo The Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks have reached agreement on a three-team trade that will send J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to L.A., league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Suns will receive Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler while the Bucks – who facilitated the deal with a sign-and-trade of Redick – get two second-round draft picks, sources said. Redick received a four-year, $27 million contract that includes a trade kicker, sources said. Under new general manager Ryan McDonough, the Suns are moving swiftly in reshaping their roster, acquiring a center in Alex Len, the fifth overall pick in the NBA draft, and a talented, young point guard in Bledsoe. Phoenix can’t negotiate a contract extension with Bledsoe until after the deal is finalized on July 10.
Great job by the Los Angeles Clippers to maximize the value of backup point guard Eric Bledsoe. The Clippers were in need of wings who are ready to contribute and win now, and they got two in this deal, in J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. Redick is a sharpshooter who will keep teams honest, point guard Chris Paul will get him open looks, and Redick will knock shots down. Jared Dudley is an excellent defender and a locker room leader who will finally get the opportunity to play for a winner, he gives the Clippers a reserve wing who is capable of contributing on both ends of the floor.
The Phoenix Suns have been lost at point guard since Steve Nash left town, but gained a great young prospect in Eric Bledsoe, who was highly sought after throughout the league. This team still needs a lot of pieces around Bledsoe and rookie center Alex Len, but they have some other trade assets, and should look to surround them with young talent. I would not be surprised to see the Suns trade incumbent starting center Marcin Gortat to a contender in exchange for young talent on the wings shortly.
The loser in this trade is obviously the Milwaukee Bucks, who come away with two second round picks in a sign and trade for J.J. Redick. Maybe they keep Monta Ellis and/or Brandon Jennings after all, but I’m unclear on how they got better this offseason.