Bledsoe to Phoenix, Dudley to the Clippers in three-team swap: Good Deal or Bad Deal?by Fabian Ardaya on Jul. 02, 2013, under Phoenix Suns
According to an ESPN report, the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a three team deal highlighted by guard J.J. Reddick and forward Jared Dudley going to Los Angeles with guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler going to Phoenix. The Clippers and Suns each sent a 2014 second round pick to Milwaukee. So is this a good deal for Phoenix?
It’s a great deal for Phoenix. They get a young player set for a breakout year in Bledsoe, and only have to take on Butlers contract while giving up Jared Dudley and a second rounder in 2014. Bledsoe could be a starter in the off-guard slot alongside Goran Dragic next year, and could be a playmaker and primary ballhandler when Dragic is off the floor.
In Bledsoe, the Suns get a player whose talents were hidden on the bench while serving as a backup to Chris Paul. Bledsoe is a playmaker who can beat his man off the dribble, is extremely athletic, and can be extremely disruptive defensively.
New Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been adamant about wanting to work with Bledsoe, removing him from the original Celtics trade for Doc, while also talking him out of a potential trade with the Raptors. The Clippers lose a valuable commodity in an effort to plug up some of their weaknesses. The Clips desperately needed a spot-up shooter, and got one in Reddick. They were also able to trade away Caron Butler’s contract for a player (Dudley) with a similar skill set at a lower price. That cleared the cap room for J.J. Reddick to accept an offer reportedly for $27 million over the next four years in the sign-and-trade.
Milwaukee definitely lost this end of the deal, essentially just getting two second rounders in next year’s draft for Reddick. While next year’s draft is loaded, it looks a little top-heavy. While the Bucks knew that Reddick probably would not stay, they probably should have gotten more for him.
With Bledsoe added to the mix, this is my projected starting five for opening day next season with this current roster:
C Marcin Gortat/Alex Len
PF Markieff Morris
SF Caron Butler
SG Eric Bledsoe
PG Goran Dragic
I wouldn’t be surprised if Phoenix continues to be active in the trade market, with tradeable pieces such as center Marcin Gortat, forward Luis Scola (trades are limited by his former amnesty status), and guard Shannon Brown.