Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
Dan Woike of the Orange County Register has the latest on the Clippers situation:
Clippers will be waiving Delfino and Raduljica today, stretching both, creating roughly $3.5 million in cap space.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) August 29, 2014
Seeking more depth heading into the season, the Milwaukee Bucks have acquired versatile small forward Jared Dudley from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The Clippers have traded Jared Dudley to the Bucks, league source tells Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 26, 2014
Marc Stein of ESPN.com adds that the deal includes the Bucks getting a future protected first-round pick from the Clippers while Los Angeles will get a second-round pick:
In Jared Dudley deal, I'm told Bucks get a protected 2017 first-rounder from Clips while Milwaukee sends future second-rounder to LAC— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 26, 2014
The Clippers had a glut of shooters on their roster with Dudley, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford, so they could afford to move one of them in the right deal.
Dudley was a solid piece for the Clippers last year, starting 43 games and shooting 36 percent from three-point range. However, his 6.9 points per game was his lowest average since 2008-09, and his shooting percentage of 43.8 was the worst of his career.
For the Bucks, a team still trying to build a roster and in need of any depth it can find, acquiring a proven commodity like Dudley and giving up the 31-year-old Delfino, who hasn't played since the 2012-13 season, and Raduljica, who is 26 with just 48 games of experience, makes sense given their immediate outlook.
The Bucks have a potential superstar in Jabari Parker, the No. 2 pick in June's draft, but are still searching for some direction. Jason Kidd takes over as head coach and is in a good position to work with this group thanks to his work in Brooklyn last year, according to Zach Harper of CBSSports.com:
When things fell apart in the first two months of the season and spilling drinks on the court wasn't working, Kidd eventually found his sweet spot with that roster. Once Brook Lopez went down with another foot injury, Kidd went less conventional and more modern with his small ball, interchangeable lineups.
Dudley may not be a long-term solution since his contract is only guaranteed through the 2014-15 season, but he gives the Bucks someone they can use as a bridge into the future. If his numbers revert back to his career normals, the team can also use him as a trade chip during the year.