Breaking Down the Deal: Bucks Send Redick to Clippers

Mar 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard J.J. Redick (5) cuts in front of Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe (12) for a pass in the first half at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

John Hammond used a “something is better than nothing” philosophy Tuesday afternoon when he agreed to sign-and-trade sharpshooter J.J. Redick to the Clippers in a three-team deal that sent Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Suns, as well as Jared Dudley to Los Angeles. The Bucks were compensated with two second-round draft picks, one from both the Suns and Clippers. J.J. Redick’s deal with the Clippers is reportedly for 4-years/$27 million, which will be around $6.75 million annually. As usual, it was Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports who broke the news.

Rumors surfaced on Monday that the Bucks were exploring a trade to acquire young point guard prospect Eric Bledsoe in exchange for free agent J.J. Redick, who joined Milwaukee at the trade deadline as part of John Hammond’s plan to help ensure the Bucks would make the playoffs. Studying under Chris Paul for the past two seasons, Bledsoe is viewed by many as a player with superstar potential. Many Bucks fans were disappointed with the deal when it was first announced, seeing that Bledsoe was not headed to Milwaukee. However, Wojnarowski later shed some light on the fact that Bledsoe being Milwaukee-bound was never a possibility.

What does this trade mean for the Bucks? The positive side of this deal is the fact that John Hammond was able to turn Redick- who was bound to sign elsewhere this off-season- in to two assets. It’s still unclear what year the second-round picks are for, but with Phoenix presumably entering a re-building phase, one of these picks could very well end up being in the low-30′s. If that pick is in next year’s draft (which is absolutely loaded), there’s a good chance it could bring a solid player to Milwaukee.

This deal can also be viewed as quite daunting for Bucks fans, as it seems as if Milwaukee didn’t have enough assets to acquire the Clipper’s backup point guard. That’s looking at it in a very over-emphasized way, but it’s sadly is part of the black-and-white of this deal. It’s also hard to ignore the fact that the Bucks ultimately traded Tobias Harris (part of Milwaukee’s deal to acquire Redick) for a pair of second-rounders.

Ignoring the past and present, this was a good deal for the Bucks. Although second-rounds picks aren’t the most coveted assets, they’re still something, rather than the nothing Milwaukee was going to receive when J.J. Redick left.

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