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The Milwaukee Bucks have swapped guards with the Orlando Magic, sending point guard Tyronn Lue for shooting guard Keith Bogans.
The move fills needs for both teams, as the Magic recently lost point guard Jameer Nelson and the Bucks lost shooting guard Michael Redd, both to injuries.
Milwaukee, who also received cash in the deal, remains in a virtual tie for eighth in the Eastern Conference with the New Jersey Nets.
Lue, an 11-year veteran of six teams, played in 30 games for the Bucks, averaging 4.7 points and 1.5 assists while sitting on the bench behind Luke Ridnour and Ramon Sessions.
"He was fantastic," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of Lue. "I know ultimately he wants to coach when he's done playing. I think he'd be an excellent coach. I was very fond of him."
He's bound to get more playing time in Milwaukee while the Bucks try to find a way to win without Redd or Bogut and keep their postseason hopes alive.
"He has size, he can make the corner three, he's an athletic, wing-defending type player, which we need in our division, so we'll see," Skiles said.
This trade is easily a win-win. Milwaukee needed shooting guard depth, and Orlando needed point guard depth. Easy deal.
Overall, I like Milwaukee's end of the deal, but it's not a huge move.