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Luke Ridnour traded from Timberwolves to Bucks

Jul 11, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT


We don’t know who the starting point guard in Milwaukee will be next season — Jeff Teague just signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet that the Hawks can match; plus the Bucks still have the rights to Brandon Jennings (a restricted free agent).

However, we know who the backup point guard will be.

Luke Ridnour has been traded from Minnesota to Milwaukee, reports the Star Tribune. The Timberwolves will get a future pick, likely second rounder, in the deal.

This move is all about saving money for the Timberwolves — they are about to sign Corey Brewer to a three-year, $15 million deal as part of a sign-and-trade and needed to get under the cap to do it. Ridnour is owed $4.3 million next season. Plus Minnesota has some other expenses coming, for example they still are in negotiations to retain Nikola Pekovic on a deal in the four-year, $50 million range. That’s a lot of money out the door so they needed to save a little.

Minnesota also didn’t need Ridnour, they are set at the point with Ricky Rubio starting and Alexey Shved coming off the bench.

Ridnour is a solid, veteran backup point who averaged 11.5 points and 3.8 assists a game in Minnesota last season. He’s a solid shooter, although his three point numbers dipped the past couple seasons.

Ridnour spent two seasons with the Bucks, from 2008-2010. That second season, where he came off the bench in all 82 games, was arguably his best as a pro.

  1. fishfiletkray - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Bucks are going to be terrible next year.

    • bougin89 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      That’s the goal. Although I’m scratching my head at these multi year deals they are offering. Zaza, Mayo, Delfino, etc. I agree with signing Teague though, I hope the Hawks don’t match it.

    • dezglobal - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Just like every other year

    • madnova - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Not terrible enough, unfortunately.

      This team has enough on it now that it probably will finish in the 7-10 seed range.

      They’ve improved some defensively, and got some more consistent players, at the expense of two players that could go off or be terrible on any given night. Unfortunately, consistently mediocre is actually less fun to watch than sometimes good/sometimes horrible.

      And it’s really hard to build fan excitement by bringing back former back up players to once again be back ups.

      I imagine Hammond is waiting anxiously for Sacramento to amnesty Salmons so he can complete the cycle.

  2. cowboysfaninbuffalove - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I thought the nuggets were not doing a sign and trade with the Timberwolves for Brewer?

  3. mariokrt642003 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Apparently the writer has forgot they have an NBA champion guard named J.J. Barea….Shved, although talented, was just a rookie las year…and he is more of a two guard…..

  4. skinsfanwill - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    What the heck is this team doing? They messed up and gave up Tobias Harris for a guard that is no longer there. They have been through several coaches and many dumb free agent signings. When is the owner going to realize that his front office guys don’t know what the Fukk they are doing.

  5. asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I lived in Seattle back when Ridnour was playing for the Supersonics. He used to work out at the same gym as him, got to play pickup with him a few times. Nice guy, and has carved a nice career as a backup/spot starter. Nice pickup by Milwaukee, and I like what they’re doing with Teague as well. As others said though, I don’t understand some of the other multiyear offers.

  6. patfic15 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    And the Bucks continue to build the most unwatchable team in the league. Good God…have mercy on NBA fans.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      No, that would be the Bobcats or Raptors.

  7. dl3mk3 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    wish it was JJ that was leaving.

    • mariokrt642003 - Jul 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Tell that to Marc Cuban…he was a key piece in the championship run….he turned around the finals when he got to start the last three games…….unfortunately been injured with Minessota but played better last year……excellent pick and roll player…need to improve outside shooting though….

  8. albertmn - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Would have liked to see Ridnour stay, as Shved is more 2 guard than PG, and Barea is usually sizzling hot or ice cold. Ridnour always seemed like a nice guy, solid player, and pretty even temperment. I wish him luck in Milwaukee.

  9. bellerophon30 - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    A good deal for arguably the best backup point guard in the NBA.

    • tcclark - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      I’d take Andre Miller or Darren Collison

      • bellerophon30 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Andre Miller has a case, but Darren Collison? The guy that signed a contract to backup up a heavy minutes PG after flaming out in Dallas? Luke knows his role, plays capably, and isn’t on a stupid contract. He can play in back of Jeff Teague (assuming that Atlanta doesn’t match) or beside him backing up Mayo. A valuable cog.

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