On the day of the NBA trade deadline, the Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks were able to come to an agreement on a trade sending Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour to the Bobcats in exchange for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien. While the deal involves some lesser known players, the impact will be bigger than one would think.
The Bobcats did really well in this trade. Acquiring Neal gives the Cats a legitimate three-point shooting threat, something they desperately needed. In four seasons, Neal is a 39 percent shooter from outside the arc. In 2013-14, he is shooting 36 percent, just slightly below his career average. The Bucks signed Neal to a two-year, $6.5 million deal over the past offseason, and it quickly became apparent that it wouldn’t work out. The Bucks are also a disaster, so moving to a less disastrous team, the Bobcats, may help Neal get his three-point stroke back.
The Bucks didn’t necessarily want to acquire Sessions, but the Bobcats agreed to take Ridnour in the deal if the Bucks would take Sessions off their hands. Sessions and Ridnour are both the same type of player at this point in their careers — they are both veteran point guards that don’t do anything spectacular, but they know how to run an offense, get the ball where it needs to be, and get it there on time.
Surprisingly, the Bobcats didn’t end up trading Ben Gordon and his expiring contract. Prior to the deadline, many pundits and insiders thought Gordon was one of the players most likely to be on the move. The Bobcats tried to acquire several different three point threats, but ultimately decided to pull the trigger on the Neal deal. Among the other — and better — options the Cats inquired about were Arron Afflalo and Anthony Morrow.
For the Bucks, they were able to rid themselves of Neal’s two-year deal, which seemed to be their motivation behind this trade. They clearly weren’t impressed with what Neal brought them this season, and there appeared to be chemistry issues between him and the Bucks’ front office.