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Three team trade sends Redick to Clippers, Bledsoe to Suns, picks to Bucks

Jul 2, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

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The Clippers needed a few things to become serious title contenders in the West. One was a more consistent defense, Doc Rivers has to help handle that (and mature DeAndre Jordan’s game).

They also needed a two guard and wings who could stretch the floor — you can check that off the list.

This is suddenly looking like one very dangerous Los Angeles team.

The Clippers, Suns and Bucks have put together a three-team trade that will send J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to the Clippers, Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Suns, and the Bucks get two second round picks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The deal breaks down that the Clippers send Bledsoe and Butler to Phoenix for Dudley (an underrated jack-of-all-trades swingman with a better career three point percentage than Redick). Then the Clippers do a sign-and-trade with the Bucks for Redick and send the Bucks picks (a second from the Clips, a second from the Suns).

This is a great deal for the Clippers — Redick is a great fit for them, one of the best sharpshooters in the game. Chris Paul picks apart defenses and finds open guys, Blake Griffin attacks the rim and creates space, Redick is going to find gaps, space the floor and get a lot of good looks. Plus, he’s developed a solid all around game. Dudley is an upgrade over Caron Butler — Dudley is a career 40 percent shooter from three, is a good solid role player, is six years younger and had a better PER last season. The Clippers should go looking for a defensive wing stopper to add to this roster, that is one hole they still have, but this is still a big upgrade.

This is a nice get for a rebuilding Suns team — Bledsoe can be the point guard of the future, one of the keys of a rebuilding process. Bledsoe is eligible for an extension and should get a good one from the Suns. Butler can play a role for a year, but Bledsoe is a smart get for them. (He’s not going to save the Suns next season, they lack shooting and will be terrible, but that is rebuilding.)

The Bucks had no leverage in this, they could have lost Redick for nothing, so a couple second round picks is better than that.

However, the Clippers are the big winners here.

  1. mat9844 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Totally agree –this is looking great for the Clips. Dudley & Reddick will add a lot.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Just what in the hell are the Bucks doing? Good god what a train wreck.

    • fm31970 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Well, hopefully they can use those two picks to move up in next year’s draft.

      If they didn’t believe Tobias Harris was a part of their future plans (which they didn’t, as he rarely played), getting two second round picks and a two month rental on Reddick isn’t the worst possible outcome. I’d honestly rather see the Bucks be conservative and build through the draft than try to make a guy like Bledsoe “fit” in Milwaukee. Still not sure what the plan is, though…yeah, we have heard that before.

  3. aram42287 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Suns Baby!!!!!

  4. patfic15 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    How do the Bucks have fans? I mean, do we really need this team? Would not the NBA benefit from greater competition due to less teams?

  5. brewcrew17 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Getting rid of teams has been and always will be a horrible idea. All you will end up with is more free agents. Less spots on less teams mean either fan favorites wont be on teams, careers wont be as long due to teams wanting younger guys, and the NBA draft might as well be just the lottery because teams wont need the guys who they don’t want anyways

  6. stephenolszewski - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Excellent trade for the Clippers here, only worry would be the back up PG spot, just hope they bring back Chauncey he deserves another title shot guy is a class act

  7. jimsjam33 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    There’s no room for Billups . He needs to retire as his skills have diminished significantly .

  8. knodtl1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    The Suns should trade Dragic to the Magic.

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