Eric Bledsoe shipped to Phoenix in three-team trade
The Clippers were able to accomplish both tasks in one swift transaction on Tuesday, sending Bledsoe to the Phoenix Suns in return for a package highlighted by J.J. Redick.
To overview the exact results of the three-team trade, the Clippers receive Redick and Jared Dudley, the Suns receive Bledsoe and Caron Butler, and the Milwaukee Bucks receive two second-round draft picks.
The Clippers acquired Redick in a sign-and-trade from the Bucks. His addition is great news for the Clippers, who were an average three-point shooting team and were in need of a starting-caliber shooting guard. Redick will certainly bring three-point shooting (39% from behind the arc on his career, 3.6 attempts per game), and is the favorite to win a starting job. Dudley is also a nice pickup, as he can shoot the three as well (40.5% on his career) and can defend on the wing. He could be a nice replacement for free agent Matt Barnes.
The Suns get the real prize of this deal - Eric Bledsoe. The little leaper is set to be a restricted free agent next summer, so the Clippers wanted to get some value for him before they lost him to free agency. Plenty of rumors have been floating around over the past few weeks about which team would be making a move for Bledsoe, and he has finally ended up in Phoenix.
Bledsoe is an ultra-talented 23-year-old who is thought to be miles away from his full potential. He has a realistic shot at becoming a top-10 NBA point guard in the next few years. He'll share point guard duties with Goran Dragic in Phoenix (assuming the Suns don't try to trade Dragic), and will also share the backcourt with him from time to time.
The Suns will now move forward with a promising guard/center duo of Eric Bledsoe and recently drafted Alex Len. New general manager Ryan McDonough has already built a nice foundation to begin building his team around.
The Clippers wanted to get rid of Butler, so the Suns were willing to take him off their hands to help pry Bledsoe away from Los Angeles. The 33-year-old Butler is unlikely to see much playing time for the rebuilding Suns, and the team may attempt to buy out his contract.
The Bucks' package seems like a weak haul, but they didn't really give up anything. They were not expected to retain Redick anyway, so they simply provided the service of a sign-and-trade to help the Clippers and got a couple of draft picks in return.