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Bucks send Delfino, Raduljica to Clippers for Dudley, first-round pick

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded veteran small forward Carlos Delfino and backup center Miroslav Raduljica to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for small forward Jared Dudley and a 2017 first-round draft pick, a league source indicated Tuesday.

The Clippers also receive a 2015 second-round pick that the Bucks acquired from them last season as part of the J.J. Redick sign-and-trade transaction.

Delfino was signed to a two-year, $6.5 million deal prior to last season but did not play at all due to a right foot injury and a second surgery on his foot. Delfino was hurt in the 2013 playoffs while playing for the Houston Rockets.

A source indicated Delfino may miss all of next season due to the injury. Delfino was in Las Vegas working out with the Bucks training staff in July, but he never made enough progress to get back on the court. He underwent surgery in Argentina in December after a first surgery in May 2013 proved ineffective.

Dudley played last season for the Clippers after a productive stretch from 2008-13 with the Phoenix Suns. The 6-7 Dudley averaged 6.9 points in 74 games for the Clippers last season, including 43 starts.

Dudley, 29, has two years remaining on his contract at $4.25 million each year, with a player option for the 2015-'16 season. The former Boston College player has shot 46.9 percent overall and 39.7 percent from three-point range in 523 career NBA games with Charlotte, Phoenix and the Clippers.

The first-round selection the Bucks acquired in the deal is a 2017 lottery-protected pick, according to a source.

Raduljica, currently playing for Serbia as it enters the FIBA World Cup, spent one season with Milwaukee. The 7-1 center signed a two-year deal prior to last season. He is slated to make $1.5 million this season.

The native of Belgrade played in 48 games for the Bucks last season and averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds.

But Raduljica was not in the Bucks plans with the other big men on the roster, including Larry Sanders, John Henson and second-round draft pick Johnny O'Bryant, who can play at forward or center.

Delfino played three seasons with the Bucks in an earlier stint and was a key performer on the franchise's 2009-10 playoff team. He averaged 11.0 points and a career-best 5.3 rebounds in 75 games that season, including a career-high 66 starts.

Delfino, who will turn 32 years old on Friday, is part of Argentina's Golden Generation of players that also includes Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni. Argentina won the Olympic gold medal in basketball during the 2004 Athens Games.

The trade also pares the Bucks roster to 16 players, including the non-guaranteed contract of forward Chris Wright, who was with Milwaukee for a pair of 10-day contracts last season. Point guard Kendall Marshall also is on a non-guaranteed deal but is considered a virtual lock for the final roster after being obtained on waivers from the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer.

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