After a dismally disappointing season with the Los Angeles Clippers, it appears Jared Dudley will be getting the short end of the stick in the latest Woj Bomb. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Clippers have decided to send Dudley and a protected 2017 first round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica:
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
The trade is basically a short-term salary dump of Jared Dudley’s remaining two years and $8.5 million left on his contract. Dudley has the option of opting out next summer. According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, the Clippers will also receive their 2015 second round pick back in the trade.
Last summer, the Clippers traded Eric Bledsoe to the Phoenix Suns in a three-team deal that nabbed them Dudley and J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee received Caron Butler and a future second rounder in the deal.
Clippers basically dealt Eric Bledsoe and a future first-round pick for the right to sign-and-trade for J.J. Redick. — Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) August 26, 2014
Dudley averaged 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 37.5 percent form three-point range in his final three seasons with the Suns, but was unable to find any success coming off the bench for Lob City last year, averaging 6.9 points and 2.2 boards per game while shooting 36 percent from downtown. By trading for Delfino, a guy who is still recovering from a foot injury that sidelined him for the entire 2013-14 season, the Clippers have given up on Dudley in an attempt to get rid of his contract.
In his last season with the Houston Rockets, Delfino shot 37.5 percent from downtown while averaging 10.6 points per game off the bench. Delfino would provide Los Angeles with some physical perimeter defense and yet another perimeter shooter off the pine. Last season with the Bucks, Raduljica averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game. He won’t get many minutes, but if the Clippers frontcourt gets in foul trouble, he may be able to step in as a third-stringer.
All in all, this is a good trade for the Clippers, who will have another chance at a 3-and-D guy they want coming off their bench. For the Bucks, the roster is a bit of a mess right now, but Dudley could be a decent mentor for Jabari Parker and Delfino and Raduljica aren’t rebuilding pieces, so why not snag a future first rounder while you can?