(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired shooting guard
J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks, while shipping point guard Eric
Bledsoe and veteran forward Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team
trade on Wednesday.
In addition to Redick, an unrestricted free agent who will receive a four-
year, $27 million contract as part of a sign-and-trade transaction according
to Yahoo!Sports, Los Angeles received swingman Jared Dudley from the Suns.
The Bucks will get a pair of future second-round draft choices -- one from
each team -- for their role in the deal.
Los Angeles was expected to shop Bledsoe, a talented 23-year-old who performed
well when stepping in for an injured Chris Paul for part of last season, with
Paul having accepted a five-year, $107 million maximum contract extension to
stay with the Clippers and play for new head coach Doc Rivers.
Seeking outside shooting help, Los Angeles reeled in a player with a 39
percent career accuracy from 3-point distance in Redick, who averaged career
bests of 14.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while splitting last season with
the Bucks and Orlando Magic.
The 6-foot-7 Dudley should help in that department as well, as he's hit on
40.5 percent of his three attempts over seven NBA seasons. The 28-year-old
averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists as Phoenix's primary two
guard in 2012-13.
Bledsoe averaged 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists in nearly 20 1/2
minutes per game as Paul's understudy last season, his third in the league.
The Kentucky product goes to another team with a crowded situation at point
guard, however, as returning starter Goran Dragic led the Suns in scoring this
past campaign and is under contract for three more years.
Butler is a two-time All-Star who gives the Suns both a veteran presence and a
contract that expires at the conclusion of the upcoming season, though the 33-
year-old's 10.4 points per game in 2012-13 was his lowest scoring average
since a 9.2 points-per-game clip with Miami in 2003-04.
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