Well, the Milwaukee Bucks did end up turning J.J. Redick into something.
Just not Eric Bledsoe.
Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler will go to the Suns, Jared Dudley and JJ Redick to the Clippers and 2 2nd-round picks to Bucks, sources tell Y
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013
Seconds after I retweeted Woj on this news, someone tweeted at me the perfect analogy here:
Hurrah for getting something for nothing. It’s not that the deal is bad. It’s good. It’s just not the one we wanted and it creates an easy scenario for mockery from the skeptics of the world (not me this time). They will never forget the back story here.
Yes, the Bucks traded Tobias Harris, a young, former first round pick with great potential, for Redick and now they are getting just two second round picks for Redick. It’s a step back in that regard. But what was the front office supposed to do instead? Hang each of their heads and let Redick walk because they knew they weren’t going to be able to get the value of Harris back?
Getting the picks is so much better than not getting the picks. Second round picks don’t often pan out, but they do provide for some flexibility and at least are some kind of an asset, which is better than no kind of asset, which is what Milwaukee had with Redick leaving.
We’re all probably a bit disappointed, if only because the football was pulled out right as we approached. Woj’s first tweet simply said there was a three way deal between the three teams. Immediately, hope came blowing out of the skulls of Bucks fans like soda out of a shaken bottle. Then the second tweet came and Bucks fans were left with a headache and a bunch of flat soda.
Get past that. Bledsoe didn’t happen because the Bucks couldn’t make that deal happen. Check out the rosters and you’ll see there isn’t an easy way to make it work for Milwaukee. The Clippers didn’t have a bunch of salaries to unload, something the Bucks could have helped with if they did. Milwaukee didn’t have much leverage here, so they took what they could get.
Tobias Harris is gone and there’s no sense in living in the moment of that trade forever. Most of us didn’t love it then and certainly won’t love it going forward. There were reasons it was made and there are lessons to be learned. All we can do is hope that process has occurred and Milwaukee will be better off in the future.
Though I suppose when the football’s been pulled out so many times before though, it’s a bit difficult to do that.