The disappointing Jared Dudley era came to an end for the Clippers on Tuesday when they traded the veteran forward and a first-round draft pick to the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a deal that could be a precursor to additional moves.
The Clippers acquired swingman Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica and a second-round draft pick but may not keep either of the former Bucks. They were considering waiving the injured Delfino via the stretch provision, which would allow them to spread his $3.25-million salary over three seasons and give the team additional resources to sign other players, according to one league executive who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not publicly authorized to disclose the team's plans.
Raduljica, set to make $1.5 million next season, could also be waived.
The Clippers surrendered a lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick as part of the trade but are getting back the 2015 second-round pick they had sent Milwaukee last summer to help acquire J.J. Redick.
Delfino, 31, sat out all of last season after undergoing surgery on his right foot in December to correct a lingering deficiency from a previous procedure on a broken bone. His status for next season remained unclear, though one league source said the 6-foot-6 veteran was expected to play at some point. He has career averages of 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while making 36.5% of his three-pointers in eight seasons.
The 7-1 Raduljica, 26, averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds last season as a rookie in 48 games after previously playing in Europe.
Dudley, 29, was expected to be a major contributor for the Clippers after being acquired last summer as part of the Redick trade. The team featured him on a banner alongside top players at Staples Center and he started his first 42 games before his continued shooting struggles relegated him to the bench for the rest of the season.
Dudley barely played during the Clippers' run to the Western Conference semifinals, averaging 1.3 points and 6.4 minutes in seven playoff games. He posted season averages of 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23.4 minutes per game while shooting a career-worst 43.8%.
"I just wanna thank the clippers organization for everything," tweeted Dudley, who has two years and $8.5 million left on his contract, including a player option for $4.25 million in 2015-16. "It was a privilege to play for them..I only wish I could of been 100%.. I wish them nothing but luck."
Dudley's departure leaves the Clippers with Matt Barnes and Reggie Bullock as the primary small forwards. Potential free-agent targets should the team waive Delfino and/or Raduljica include big man Ekpe Udoh, who has worked out for the Clippers, and wing players Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ray Allen. Allen is contemplating retirement but has strong ties to Clippers Coach Doc Rivers after playing for him for five seasons in Boston.