According to multiple sources the Charlotte Bobcats have acquired guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien with just hours remaining before the trade deadline expires.
The two teams have been in talks for weeks about making a deal but the Bobcats were pushing a straight up Sessions for Neal scenario that Milwaukee had no interest in, primarily because Sessions $5 million salary for Neal's $3.25 million salary provided no incentive for the Bucks to make a move.
Adding Ridnour to the mix puts the financial onus back on Charlotte and Jeff Adrien opens up a roster spot that ultimately completed the deal. This will be Sessions second tour of duty in Milwaukee.
Neal is averaging 10.7 points and 1.7 assists this season on 39 percent shooting while Sessions has averaged 10.5 points and 3.7 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field.
Sessions is in the second year of a two year deal and will likely be looking for a big payday when he becomes a free agent this summer, something that most believe was the determining factor in Charlotte pulling the trigger on the deal.
With a 25-30 record and a 2 1/2 game hold on the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Bobcats feel confident that they have everything that they will need to make a push for the playoffs and possibly move up to the six or five seed before season's end.