After just one season, albeit a subpar one individually, the Los Angeles Clippers have traded forward Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica. Two picks were also part of the deal, with the Clippers sending away a 2017 protected first round pick for a 2015 second round pick.
In Carlos Delfino – should the Clippers choose to keep him – the roster adds another swingman that has the ability to stretch the floor. Delfino, 31, sat out the entire 2013-2014 season following an injury to his right foot. He had surgery in December.
The Clippers have the option to stretch Carlos Delfino’s contract, allowing more flexibility for future roster moves.
Waiving Raduljica along with Delfino gives the team more flexibility in the future. Even so, there shouldn’t be much surprise if Raduljica does develop into a contributor. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds last season, his rookie campaign in the NBA.
While the Clippers do take on more cash between the two incoming players than they would have by keeping Dudley, the flexibility with the non-guaranteed contracts of Delfino and Raduljica next year is attractive.
Los Angeles had reportedly been shopping Dudley around this offseason after he failed to put together any sort of consistency in his lone season as a Clipper. Dudley started the first 42 games of the 2013-2014 season before the lack of production found him a fairly permanent spot on the bench.
He finished the season averaging just 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 23.4 minutes per game. He shot a career-low 43.8 percent on a team was No. 3 in the league in field goal percentage (47.3 percent).
I just wanna thank the clippers organization for everything.. It was a privilege to play for them.. I only … http://t.co/htSNdaOkMG
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) August 26, 2014
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