MILWAUKEE, WI (WSAU) The Milwaukee Bucks won’t be getting Josh Smith – but they did make a deal for a shooting guard. Several media reports said the Bucks will get J-J Redick and two other players from the Orlando Magic, in exchange for back-up guard Beno Udrih, rookie guard Doron Lamb, and second-year forward Tobias Harris.
The deal was reportedly agreed upon before the N-B-A’s two o’clock trade deadline this afternoon. The indications are that Milwaukee will keep starting guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. And general manager John Hammond is adding a solid perimeter shooter for the Bucks’ playoff run.
Redick, a seventh-year pro from Duke, is averaging just over 15 points a game this year, a career-high. And Redick is 11th in the N-B-A with 117 three-pointers made. The Bucks also get 6-10 forward Gustavo Avon and six-foot guard Ish Smith. Avon is averaging three points and three boards per game.
One of the players Milwaukee is giving up, the rookie Lamb, has been down twice to the N-B-A’s Developmental League in recent months. And Harris was not in coach Jim Boylan’s rotation.
As recently as today, there were reports that the Bucks were interested in obtaining Smith, a nine-year veteran forward from the Hawks. Atlanta was rumored to have wanted Ellis. But that appears to be out of the cards, as Smith appears to be staying where he is.
The Bucks hold the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference at the moment, three-and-a-half games ahead of ninth-place Philadelphia. They host Atlanta on Saturday.