The Los Angeles Clippers have traded small forward Jared Dudley and their lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica and their 2015 second-rounder. The move was first reported, of course, by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnaroski:
Bucks will send Carlos Delfino and Radiluca to the Clippers for Dudley and a future first-round pick, source tells Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 26, 2014
At first glance this move seems odd for the Clippers from a basketball standpoint. One of the team’s only remaining weaknesses is the wing. But Dudley, acquired in a three-team trade last June that involved Milwaukee, had a lackluster first season in Los Angeles. Despite starting 43 games, the swingman scored just 6.9 points per game and saw his playing time decrease every month starting in January. The former sharpshooter hit 36 percent from behind the arc, Dudley’s lowest clip since his rookie season.So, while the wing position becomes thinner (a negative) by trimming some of the fat (a positive), this transaction returns little in terms of production. Delfino is likely to sit out the season. He missed the entire 2013-14 campaign recovering from surgery on a foot fracture that nearly jeopardized his career. Raduljica, a 7-foot center from Serbia, played 9.7 minutes a night in just 48 games as a rookie. Neither player moves the needle at all in the short run. Follow the money. Bringing in the two Bucks players in exchange for Dudley adds $500,000 in salary this season, pushing them dangerously close to the $80.8 million hard cap.
With trade Clippers made with Bucks today they are now $649,228 below hard cap with 13 players under contract. — Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 26, 2014
But both Delfino and Raduljica have non-guaranteed deals next season, while Dudley holds a $4.25 million early termination option. That means $4.25 million more to spend next summer with DeAndre Jordan hitting unrestricted free agency. Swapping draft picks is an interest nugget to this trade that should not be overlooked. The Clippers actually get back their own second-round pick they sent to Milwaukee for J.J. Redick in the same trade that brought in Dudley. Essentially, Los Angeles traded Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler and a lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick for Redick, one season of Dudley, Delfino and Raduljica. How do you feel about this trade? Do you wish the Clips had held onto Dudley? Weigh in with a comment below.