It's official. Hello Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler...Farewell Jared Dudley.
Official Trade Details
- In a three-team deal, The Phoenix Suns acquired PG/SG Eric Bledsoe and SF Caron Butler from the Los Angeles Clippers, while sending SG/SF Jared Dudley to the Clippers and a 2014 second-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks.
- The second-round pick traded by the Suns is the 2014 pick received by Phoenix from Toronto in the Sebastian Telfair trade in 2013.
- The Suns traded away Jared Dudley’s $4.25 million salary, and take on Caron Butler’s $8 million contract (expiring after the season) and Eric Bledsoe’s $2.6 million salary.
Front Office Blurbs
Suns President Lon Babby:
"The addition of a very dynamic young player in Eric Bledsoe and an All-Star veteran in Caron Butler is very exciting for the Suns. At the same time, we thank Jared Dudley, a consummate professional in every respect. He takes our best wishes with him to the Clippers."
Suns GM Ryan McDonough:
"We are thrilled to add Eric and Caron to the Phoenix Suns. They were both key parts of the Clippers team that set a franchise record for wins last season and we are excited to add their athleticism, shooting, and leadership to our organization."
There will be an official team introduction and press conference coming tomorrow, July 11th, in which the team will share more about their plans for Bledsoe and Butler this season. Likewise, we will finally get to hear from Head Coach Jeff Hornacek, as well as from the players themselves.
In addition, the Suns can now begin talks to negotiate a contract extension with Bledsoe, who many assume was traded to Phoenix with a long-term plan in mind. The Suns will likely want to get him signed to a new contract sooner than later, if possible, before his value increases.
Still, there are plenty of questions that remain to be answered at the moment, but hopefully we will know more after the press conference tomorrow.