The Bucks reunion tour rolls on, as Milwaukee has completed a three-team deal to acquire 32 year old point guard Luke Ridnour.
UPDATE: Bucks have completed trade with MIN and OKC to acquire Luke Ridnour, a 2014 2nd rd pick from MIN (via LAL), and cash from OKC.
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In this deal that included the Thunder and Timberwolves, the Bucks acquired Ridnour as well as the Lakers 2014 2nd round pick and cash considerations from Oklahoma City. The Bucks assisted Minnesota in this trade by taking on Ridnour’s contract, which enabled the Wolves to sign both Corey Brewer as well as Kevin Martin (who OKC gave Minnesota in this deal as a sign-and-trade).
The only asset the Bucks disposed in this deal of was the rights to Szymon Szewczyk, Milwaukee’s 35th overall selection in the 2003 draft, that were sent to Oklahoma City. Szewczyk, 30, played for Milwaukee’s Summer League Team in 2009 but has never joined the Bucks regular season roster.
Ridnour makes a return to Milwaukee, where he spent two seasons (08-10), after beginning his career with the Supersonics. Ridnour signed a free agent deal with the Timberwolves in the 2010 offseason, and has spent the past three seasons in Minnesota. Ridnour averaged 30.2 minutes, 11.5 points and 3.8 assists a game last season on 45.3% shooting. Ridnour’s contract expires after next season, when he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.
Swinging this deal for Ridnour makes a ton of sense for the Bucks. They gave up no important assets while also acquiring another second round pick (they have all of them now, right?). Ridnour fills the Bucks need for a solid backup point guard, and the fact that he’s familiar with the franchise is a bonus. Acquiring Ridnour is also acting as the Bucks safety net, in the unlikely scenario where Atlanta decides to match Jeff Teague’s offer sheet and Brandon Jennings doesn’t re-sign, which would leave Ridnour as the likely starter. Ridnour should also be able to mentor rookie guard Nate Wolters, who’s virtually the same type of player- a combo guard.
In a short interview with Jim Paschke, Ridnour commented, “I’m excited to be back, and hope this team can get back to this playoffs and have a great season next year. I’m here to contribute in whatever way I can, and help this team get better and make the playoffs, and hopefully do some damage in the playoffs.”