Today? Well, time's change. And for the Bucks that looks like it could work out quite nicely.
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Clippers are on the verge of sending Dudley and a future first round pick to the Bucks for end-of-the-benchers Carlos Delfino ($3.25 million) and Miroslav Raduljica ($1.567 million). The move allows Los Angeles to shed Dudley's $4.25 million salary in each of the next two seasons while taking on two players who can be waived at no cost next summer.
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
For their trouble, the Bucks snag a future first round pick and also trim their roster by one player, leaving Milwaukee with 14 guaranteed contracts in addition to the non-guaranteed deals of Kendall Marshall and Chris Wright. Wright would seem the most likely odd man out if no other moves are made, but...well, there's still plenty of time for that. Our own Eric Buenning reports that the Clippers' future first will come in 2017.
The first-round pick coming to the Bucks from the Clippers will be in 2017, per source.— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) August 26, 2014
That's a long way off, but it reinforces the new longer-term view being adopted in Milwaukee, and honestly there's not much downside in this deal from a Milwaukee perspective even if you ignore the pick.
Having missed all of the 13/14 season while recovering from a broken foot, the 31-year-old Delfino had no clear role on the new-look Bucks, and that was before Woj suggested he might miss yet another season. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Raduljica showed flashes of offensive skill in sparse minutes as an NBA rookie, but his lack of footspeed made it difficult to play him against quicker NBA lineups. He could still carve out a niche as a big-bodied bench big, but he's not a loss anyone would lose sleep over. Ultimately, this was all about one team having cap flexibility and the other needing it, and it's quite possible both will benefit in the long term.
As for the 29-year-old Dudley, he fell off a cliff in L.A. last season after developing into a quality rotation player for the Suns:
How he'll fit into a crowded wing rotation isn't entirely clear at this point, though his reputation as a good locker room guy eases concerns about fit.
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