Bucks trade Ridnour and Neal to the Bobcats for Sessions and Adrien
There were rumors leading up to the trade deadline that the Milwaukee Bucks would do everything in their power to trade point guard Gary Neal, and hats off to them, they actually succeeded, sending Gary Neal and fellow point guard Luke Ridnour to the Bobcats in exchange for point guard Ramon Sessions and power forward Jeff Adrien.
For the Bucks, this move actually makes a lot of sense. With both Brandon Knight and Nate Wolters, who are both talented young point guards, the Bucks really had little to no use for both Neal and Ridnour. This frees up more playing time for both Knight and Wolters, which gives the Bucks a better chance to assess both players since I don’t see them hanging on two guys who both can be starting point guards for very long.
As for the Bobcats, this move gives them more flexibility in the back court. Neal is comfortable sliding into the shooting guard spot in some situations, which means he is flexible to play along side both Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson in certain packages. As for Ridnour, he is a very solid backup pure point guard who can take the pressure off Kemba Walker a little bit, and also adds depth to a back court that expected more out of Ben Gordon.
The bottom line is this is a nice trade for both teams. The Bucks get to assess their young point guards more easily and the Bobcats gave their back court a nice boost as they push towards the playoffs. This definitely isn’t a trade that is going to seem all that important to the casual basketball fan, but for those of us who follow the NBA closely, we can tell that this trade has the possibility of ending up doing really nice things for both franchises.
—Ben Parker: follow me on twitter @nba_lord