Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bucks Three Way Trade Brings Ridnour Back To Milwaukee

Bucks Luke Ridnour
The Milwaukee Bucks were part of a three legged trading stool on Thursday, announcing their involvement in a multi-team trade. General Manager John Hammond told reporters that the team had ended negotiations with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder, acquiring point guard Luke Ridnour in exchange for rights to 10-year veteran Szymon Szewczyk. Milwaukee also received a 2014 second round pick in the deal, as well as cash from Oklahoma City.

The agreement was a tad convoluted, as Ridnour and the pick both came from Minnesota, though Szewczyk went to the Thunder. The Timberwolves benefit from the Bucks was the weight of Ridnour's $4.3 million 2013 contract off their shoulders. To clear cap space to make way for incoming guard Kevin Martin from Oklahoma City, Minnesota needed a team to take over that contract. Milwaukee was in the market for a backup at the position, also tentative waiting to hear on an offer made to potential Monta Ellis replacement Jeff Teague.

Ridnour is the latest in a trio of veterans to come back to the Bucks this off-season. He joins Zaza Pachulia and Carlos Delfino in re-donning the uniform, the three combining to have nearly 30 years in the league. Ridnour returns after spending two seasons in Milwaukee in 2008 and 2009, Pachulia was here in 2004 before moving onto a seven year tenure in Atlanta. Delfino is the most recent familiar face to return, managing just one season with the Rockets after three years in Milwaukee from 2009 to 2012.

Ridnour primarily played an off-the-bench role for the Bucks during his two years with the team. He started 50 games in 2008, though was a reserve for the entire 2009 season. The 32 year old Idaho Native took advantage of his court time when he got it, however, averaging 10 points per game.

Since 2009, he hasn't lost a step. As a starter in Minnesota, Ridnour has improved his average to over 11 points and nearly four assists per game. Despite his age, his health has been impeccable as well. He started all 82 games for the Timberwolves in 2012, and hasn't sustained a major injury over 722 games in the NBA since 2003.

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