Ramon Sessions spent his first two NBA seasons with the Bucks.
Less than three hours before Thursday’s 2:00p.m. deadline, Milwaukee finalized a deal that sends Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal to the Bobcats, according to the Charlotte Observer. In exchange, the Bucks receive Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions.
The deal seemingly benefits both sides, as Charlotte beefs up its backcourt as it prepares for a playoff run. Milwaukee acquires two expiring deals and sheds the $3.25 million Neal is owed next season.
Both Ridnour and Neal played sparingly this season after being brought in over the summer. In his second stint with Milwaukee, Ridnour appeared in 36 games, averaging just 5.7 points on 38.4 percent shooting. The 33-year-old had not played in the last four games. Neal was brought in from San Antonio to bolster Milwaukee’s three-point shooting but quickly fell out of favor after several high-volume shooting performances. Neal was involved in a post-game altercation with Larry Sanders in December which led to a series of DNP-CDs. Neal played in just 30 games, averaging a career-high 10.0 points but shooting a career-low 39.0 percent from the field.
The trade brings Sessions back for his second stint in Milwaukee, having played his first two NBA seasons with the Bucks. Sessions averaged 8.1 points and 7.5 assists as a rookie in 2007-08 and 12.4 points with 5.7 assists in his second season. Sessions is the owner of one of the franchise’s best individual performances of all-time (not exaggerating, I swear) , as he scored 20-points, adding eight rebounds and a Bucks-record 24 assists in a loss (of course) to the Bulls in April of 2008. Following his second season in Milwaukee, the Timberwolves signed him to a four-year, $16 million offer sheet, which the Bucks declined to match.
Sessions figures to step in as the primary backup point guard behind Brandon Knight/Nate Wolters and should see close to the 23.7 minutes per game he averaged with Charlotte this season.
In Adrien, Milwaukee receives a rugged, undersized (6-7) power forward who specializes in rebounding. The former UConn star saw action in just 25 games this season but produced three double-digit rebounding games earlier in the season when the Bobcats were dealing with frontcourt injuries. He’s mostly a salary dump on Charlotte’s part, but his expiring deal pays only $916,099 this season.
So, in sum, Gary Neal got what he wanted. Luke Ridnour got what he wanted (right?). The Bucks didn’t drastically improve, nor did they get drastically worse. Stay tuned for updates on any further deals as the deadline closes in.