One need down, one to go.
In a three-team deal reported by Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers landed guards J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks and Jared Dudley from the Phoenix Suns.
The Clippers sent young point guard Eric Bledsoe and veteran forward Caron Butler to the Suns and a second-round pick to the Bucks. The Suns also sent a second-round pick to the Bucks.
Redick received a four-year, $27 million deal that includes a trade kicker, according to the report.
Here’s a breakdown of each team:
CLIPPERS: Redick joins his third team in six months. His normally steady stroke vanished after being dealt from Orlando to Milwaukee but he still averaged a career-high 14.1 points per game. He is a career 39 percent shooter from the arc and his defense and dribble-drive game are underrated.
Believe it or not, Dudley is even a better shooter with a career mark of 40.5 percent from deep. At 6-7, Dudley is big enough to play small forward and could see most of his minutes there if Matt Barnes isn’t re-signed. The new duo is a serious upgrade over Willie Green and Chauncey Billups but will bury rookie Reggie Bullock.
SUNS: New GM Ryan McDonough lands a potential star in Bledsoe and an expiring $8 million contract in Butler but creates logjams at point guard and small forward. At the point, Phoenix already has Goran Dragic and drafted Kendall Marshall a year ago. At the wing, Butler’s professionalism could marginalize Michael Beasley and rookie Alex Oriakhi.
BUCKS: They had plenty of cap room but apparently bringing back Redick wasn’t in their plans, which makes dealing Tobias Harris look even worse now. At least they collected a couple of second-round picks.