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The WojBomb has dropped and the Jared Dudley trade everyone's been anticipating has been completed.

Per Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns have agreed to a three-team deal with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Clippers, Bucks and Phoenix have reached agreement on a three-team deal, sources tell Y!

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013

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

In the sign and trade scenario, Redick will get a four year, $27 million deal with the Clippers, sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013

Suns GM Ryan McDonough has started the Suns rebuilding with a young point guard -- Eric Bledsoe -- and a center -- Alex Len.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 2, 2013

Dave has done it yet again. Just a few short hours ago he wrote about patience, and now here are the Suns making a big move.

Caron Butler is a sizable expiring contract, as he is on the books for $8 million for one more year.

But this deal was about getting Eric Bledsoe, a highly prized young point guard who spent the last two years backing up Chris Paul. Bledsoe is a tremendous athlete and can do a lot of things on the court. He is on the books for $2.6 million for this coming season before his qualifying offer id due.

This gives the Suns a lot of flexibility. Ryan McDonough traded away one of the Suns best assets in Jared Dudley, but getting Bledsoe in return frees up Goran Dragic as a movable asset. Or maybe the Suns could even look to move Bledsoe again.

Either way, this move gives the Suns more young talent and flexibility. It's tough to see Dudley go, but this is a pretty good return for him.


In the rumored deal, the Kings would get back a solid center (Robin Lopez) and starting point guard (Greivis Vasquez) for letting Tyreke Evans walk away. Sounds like a GREAT deal for Sacramento.

Except that Sacramento doesn't need Robin Lopez at all. They already have DeMarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes and Jason Thompson on the front line to rotate in the pivot.

The other problem is that New Orleans really DOES need a starting center but they are sending out Lopez to make the S-n-T work after acquiring Jrue Holiday in the draft.

How about the Suns getting involved in this deal by sending Gortat to New Orleans and getting Robin Lopez back?

Clarification here: there is NO RUMOR that the Suns are involved in any discussions on this. It's just me speculating.

New Orleans, who has a glut of guards now, could send Austin Rivers out to Sacramento with Vasquez, with Sacramento sending a protected first round pick to the Suns. NOLA has shown rumored interest in shopping Rivers.

Sacramento gets: Grievis Vasquez, Austin Rivers

New Orleans gets: Tyreke Evans, Marcin Gortat

Phoenix gets: Robin Lopez, protected first round pick

Lopez is younger, cheaper and less talented than Gortat, but can be a starter for his first NBA team while Alex Len develops.

What say you, Suns fans. Is this enough booty for Gortat?

Is Robin Lopez and a protected #1 from Sacramento enough for Gortat?

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Five days ago it was labeled as an absurd notion that the Phoenix Suns, a team that brought in two point guards last summer, would even entertain drafting another one. That logic turned out to be accurate, but the concept of acquiring another point guard was not.

The team already has depth at the position with Goran Dragic and Kendall Marshall (as well as Diante Garrett), but the opportunity to add talent can never be ignored.

Eric Bledsoe is a talented young point guard regarded as the best asset in the league over the past few seasons since the Los Angeles Clippers spurned their more famous tenants for All-NBA point guard Chris Paul. Once that deal went through the rumors were rampant with Bledsoe going to the Magic, Lakers, Celtics, and any other team with a proven NBA star to team with Paul in Dunk City.

New Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough came in with the prowess of knowing talent, but he also adopted the maverick style of his mentor Danny Ainge as he begins his tenure making radical, but calculated moves to the roster there is a different feel in the Valley.

Over the past 57 days McDonough has added more true assets and more importantly, talent, to the team than the previous front-office could not do collectively over the course of the last three seasons.

These moves show both a clear vision that the team is trying to lay out and that they will go for the "dare to be great move" if it presents itself. The Suns did not have a Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, or player on that level to offer for Bledsoe like the previous reported offerings have had. What they had was timing, one solid asset, and a trigger man willing to squeeze before the others could blink.

Dudley, for as good as he has been here in Phoenix, is not on the level of a Garnett or a Howard in terms of impact on the game. He is a terrific role player that defends, makes threes, and is low maintenance.

Losing Dudley is losing the character and heart of the team. There will be no more Dudley Dunk-o-Meter, no more JMZ in the home team locker-room, and an open void for a leader both on and off the court next season. He was never the best player on a roster, but always one of the more important to team chemistry.

The Suns will look to replace that void, but that, as well as the production on the court will be tasked in-house by all accounts. The teams internal leadership has to improve as the vision and purpose of the front-office is in full swing and moving at a pace that no one could have predicted.

With the way the team is currently constructed they will be bad again. There is no mincing words or tampering with reality here. What the team is attempting to do is establish a culture that despite wins and loses, facilitates a positive future and plan going forward.

A vision is clearly in place for this team to be aggressive, active, and to get more athletic.

The vision is not complete as there are blind spots in the plan still with holes on the roster on the wing and in the scoring department. This move, and the selections in the draft, are evidence that the new front-office is serious about turning this around.

Adding Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, and Bledsoe do not turn the Suns into contenders overnight, but they account for three more assets on the roster that team did not have.

Better yet they account for three more young, talented basketball players with upside and potential. The current regime looks at talent for what it is; talent. In the end any player can be traded at any time to improve the roster, but the time to look at players as assets is over and the next move can happen as soon as the smoke clears from Ryan "Maverick" McDonough's proverbial trade gun before reloading for the next round.

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