According to a variety of reporters, the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats reached a deal to send Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour to Charlotte for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.
Marc Stein was on it early and Rick Bonnell had the final details.
BREAKING: Bobcats acquire Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) February 20, 2014
By trading Neal and Ridnour for two players on expiring contracts, Milwaukee is freed of the obligation of paying the second year of Neal’s contract, valued at $3.25 million.
In 55 games this season (seven starts), Sessions has averaged 10.5 points and 3.7 assists per game. He was drafted by the Bucks in 2007 and left as a free agent after a productive second season in which he averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 assists in just 27.5 minutes per game. He’s shooting 40.9% from the field and 22.1% from 3-point range. His PER is 14.8, the lowest it’s been since his third year in the league in Minnesota, when it was 12.9. A drop in shooting percentage and assist numbers, coinciding with a slight bump in turnover percentage over last season is likely to blame.
He’ll likely share minutes with Nate Wolters, Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo in the backcourt, so long as no other moves are made.
Adrien has played in 25 games for the Bobcats in his fourth season out of Connecticut. An undersized four at 6-foot-7, 243 pounds, he’s known as a strong rebounder, a Reggie Evans type. Per 36 minutes this season, he’s averaged 12.4 rebounds and his total rebound percentage (percent of available rebounds grabbed when on the floor) of 19.2% would lead the Bucks. In the picture above, he has a mohawk.
Neither Sessions nor Adrien figures to factor into the Bucks plans past this season. There is no need to be happy or sad about this trade, unless you have strong feelings about Neal or Ridnour, which doesn’t seem all that necessary, given the play of each player this season.