NBA: Three-team deal sends J.J. Redick to L.A. Clippers
Phoenix • A person with knowledge of the situation says a three-team trade is in place that sends J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Los Angeles Clippers and point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns.
The deal also sends Jared Dudley from the Suns to the Clippers and Caron Butler from the Clippers to the Suns. The Bucks will get two second-round draft picks, according to the person who requested anonymity because the deal can't officially be made public until July 10 under NBA rules.
Yahoo! Sports, which first reported the trade, said Redick gets a four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade contract as part of the exchange.
In Redick, the Clippers get a much-needed shooting guard to play alongside Chris Paul, who has decided to re-sign with a team that has visions of contending for the Western Conference title.
The Bucks acquired Redick from Orlando just before the February trade deadline, but decided not to re-sign him. Between the two teams, Redick averaged a career-best 14.1 points per game. He scored a career-high 31 points and made a career-best eight 3-pointers for Orlando against Detroit on Jan. 27. The former Duke star averaged 12.1 points with the Bucks.
Bledsoe is the important piece for the Suns in the first trade engineered by new general manager Ryan McDonough. Paul's highly regarded backup played three seasons for Los Angeles after being drafted 18th overall out of Kentucky in the 2010 draft. Bledsoe averaged 8.5 points and 3.1 assists in 76 games for the Clippers last season.
NBPA: Dismiss Hunter's lawsuit
The attorneys for the NBA players' association and president Derek Fisher have asked that the lawsuit filed by former executive director Billy Hunter be dismissed.
Four motions were filed Tuesday, with the attorneys jointly saying that the "allegations are unfounded, and we intend to defend this lawsuit aggressively."
Hunter was ousted in February and filed a lawsuit in May, alleging that Fisher had a secret deal with owners during the 2011 lockout that benefited himself, his publicist, Jamie Wior, and certain players.
Hunter led the union from 1996 until he was unanimously removed following an investigation into his business practices.