The Bobcats have agreed to a trade sending Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien to the Milwaukee Bucks for Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour, as first reported by the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell.
Charlotte's intent on improving their floor spacing with better shooting and better backcourt depth drove their negotiations in the past few days as reports revealed their chase after Gary Neal.
With this deal in place, the Bobcats have completely restructured their bench backcourt with Ridnour and Neal as the backup point and shooting guards, respectively. Neither are particularly efficient scorers inside the arc but have fairly reliant three-point shots. Neal is shooting 36 percent this year and Ridnour is hitting 36.8 percent of his shots from behind the arc. But on the whole, both guards shoot below 40 percent from the field.
In return, the Bobcats give up a guard who is terrific at drawing fouls and who drove their bench scoring most in Ramon Sessions. Most often Sessions was utilized in lineups alongside Kemba Walker in a two-point guard backcourt to help with ball movement and so Sessions became a bit more scoring-oriented.
Charlotte also agreed to give Milwaukee Jeff Adrien, who is now very rarely used in the Bobcats' rotations. He's strong as an ox, defends hard and can rebound but not at a level that convinced Steve Clifford to squeeze in minutes for him every night.
As far as the financials go, Gary Neal has one season remaining on his contract after this season at $3.25 million. Luke Ridnour's contract expires this year at $4.32 million, which gets prorated for the time he spends on the Bobcats. Sessions' $5 million salary deal expires this season as well. Adrien's contract is worth a little over $900,000 and also expires this year.