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Bledsoe and Butler officially Suns

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PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns today announced that the club has acquired guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team trade.  As part of the deal, the Suns send guard Jared Dudley to the Clippers and a future second-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks; the Bucks receive another second-round pick from the Clippers and agree to sign-and-trade guard JJ Redick to Los Angeles. The second-round pick conveyed by the Suns is the 2014 pick received by Phoenix from Toronto in the Sebastian Telfair trade in February 2013.

"The addition of a very dynamic young player in Eric Bledsoe and an All-Star veteran in Caron Butler is very exciting for the Suns," said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby.  "At the same time, we thank Jared Dudley, a consummate professional in every respect.  He takes our best wishes with him to the Clippers."

"We are thrilled to add Eric and Caron to the Phoenix Suns," said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough.  "They were both key parts of the Clippers team that set a franchise record for wins last season and we are excited to add their athleticism, shooting, and leadership to our organization."

Widely considered one of the best young guards in the NBA, and one of the league's most highly sought-after players this offseason, Bledsoe is an athletic, two-way player entering his fourth NBA season.  Listed at 6-foot-1, the 23-year-old Bledsoe has a 78-inch wingspan and a 40-inch vertical leap.

Despite playing behind All-NBA First Team guard Chris Paul in 2012-13, Bledsoe averaged career highs scoring (8.5), rebounds (3.0) and steals (1.43) and added 3.1 assists in 76 appearances, 64 of which came in a reserve role.  In fact, the box-score-stuffing Bledsoe started 12 games a season ago and in those opportunities averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.50 steals.  A high-level ball-handler who can create his own shot, as a starter Bledsoe averaged 4.1 free-throw attempts per game, which would have matched Suns guard Goran Dragic's team-leading average from 2012-13.  Bledsoe is coming off a season in which he shot a career-best from both the field (.445) and three-point range (.397) last season.

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