Clippers team news: players coming and going
The Los Angeles Clippers today acquired forward Jared Dudley from the Phoenix Suns and guard J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-team trade. The Clippers sent point guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler to the Suns as well as a future second round pick to the Bucks.
Dudley, 28, appeared in 79 games (50 starts) for the Suns last season, averaging 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. A San Diego native who attended Horizon High School, Dudley shot 39 percent from three-point range in 2012-13. He connected on 106 three-pointers last season, the third time in his career he has made 100 or more three-pointers in a season.
The six-year NBA veteran brings career averages of 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 449 games (147 starts) for both the Charlotte Bobcats and Suns. He is also a career 41-percent shooter from beyond the arc and 80-percent from the free throw line. The former Boston College star was the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Bobcats after earning Second Team All-American honors as a senior.
Redick, 29, averaged 14.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 78 games (13 starts) last season with the Bucks and Orlando Magic. A veteran of seven NBA seasons, Redick has appeared in 424 career games (54 starts) and owns career averages of 9.4 points, 2.0 assists while shooting 39 percent from three-point range and 88 percent from the foul line. Redick was the 11th overall selection of the 2006 Draft by the Magic after a decorated four-year collegiate career at Duke that saw him named the 2005-06 AP, John Wooden and Naismith College Player of the Year.
Bledsoe, originally acquired by the Clippers in a 2010 draft day trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being selected 18th overall, played all three of his seasons with the Clippers. He has career averages of 6.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals. In 2012-13, the Kentucky product averaged 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 76 games.
Butler played two seasons for the Clippers after signing with the team before the 2011-12 season. Last season, the University of Connecticut product averaged 10.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 78 games (all starts). Over his 11-year career, Butler has averaged 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 730 career games (697 starts).