On the day he was officially hired as the Clippers' new head coach, Doc Rivers insisted he was content with the team he inherited. But he also knew it was subject to change.
The Clippers had needs, and Tuesday they appeared to solve two of them.
They had to deal away their most valuable trade chip in dynamic point guard Eric Bledsoe, but that's the cost of doing business in the NBA. The Clippers lost a rising star, but they added the offensive help they wanted.
The three-way trade that will bring shooting guard J.J. Redick from the Milwakee Bucks in a sign-and-trade and small forward Jared Dudley from the Phoenix Suns for Bledsoe and veteran forward Caron Butler was precisely what they were seeking.
In exchange for Redick, the Bucks will get second-round picks each from the Clippers and Suns once the moratorium period is over on July 10.
That's not a bad trade-off.
The Clippers wanted size and scoring punch in their backcourt to go with point guard Chris Paul, whose five-year ...