First Blood Drawn, Charlotte, Sacramento, and Milwaukee Involved in 3 Team Trade
According to an article published by the International Business Times, the first major trade of the summer has gone down.
It was reported that the Bucks, Kings and Bobcats agreed on a three-team trade, involving picks and players.
The trade sends Bucks guard John Salmons to Sacramento along with Milwaukee's 10th pick in today's draft.
In return, the Bucks receive Kings point guard Beno Udrih, along with Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the 19th pick from Charlotte. The Bobcats absorb Corey Maggette, but obtain Sacramento's seventh overall pick, while holding on to their ninth overall pick.
The Bucks manage to undo two mistakes they made last summer when they signed Corey Maggette and Salmons to large contracts.
In return, they obtain Udrih, a player who could fill the void left behind when Luke Ridnour signed with the T-Wolves.
Udrih is a underrated PG who can pass and score efficiently. Udrih scored 14 points per game last season.
Milwaukee also lands a proven scorer and leader in Stephen Jackson, and solid PG in Shawn Livingston.
It looks as though they are trying to recapture playoff form after falling off last season. Jackson scored 18.5 points per game this past season.
Milwaukee hasn't totally given up on the draft, and the 19th overall could be used on a solid power forward such as Markieff Morris, or Kenneth Faried.
The Sacramento Kings move down three slots in the draft, which may be indicating they're seriously looking to select BYU standout Jimmer Freddette.
Udrih was a serviceable point guard, and it's become clear the Kings have decided to draft a point guard.
The Kings also receive John Salmons, a confusing player to say the least. Salmons played very well and spearheaded Milwaukee's playoff run in the '09-10 season.
After re-signing for a lucrative multi-year deal, Salmons did not contribute the same way in his second season as a Buck. The 31-year-old still scored 14 points per game and could help the Kings.
Who won this trade?
The Charlotte Bobcats finally made a good trade which puts them in position to rebuild much faster.
With the seventh overall and ninth overall, Charlotte is primed to add two solid long-term pieces to their team.
Charlotte may be hoping Kawhi Leonard or Kemba Walker slide to seventh, but will have plenty of solid players to choose from regardless of who will be available.
The Bobcats take on Corey Maggette's large contract, but Maggette could bring similar offense that Jackson brought.
Maggette averaged 12 points per game but only played 20 minutes per game.
Personally I feel this is an interesting trade which could be beneficial to all teams involved. Charlotte and Milwaukee will surely improve, where as Sacramento pulled a risky move by taking on Salmons.
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