Luke Ridnour’s first dip in the waters of free agency got lost in what has been called the “Summer of LaBron” but the seven year veteran point guard has ended a month of speculation about his future.
League sources and the Minnesota Star Tribune reported that Ridnour has signed a four-year, $16 million offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ridnour, who just finished his best season in the NBA, has played the last two seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks backing up Brandon Jennings, averaging 10.4 points a game and shooting 47 percent from the field. The deal was confirmed by Ridnour’s agent Lon Babby.
The multi-year deal is a coup for the 29 year old Ridnour who will be playing for the third team in his NBA career. Ridnour was a first round draft pick of the Seattle Supersonics in 2003 and played five seasons for the team before being traded as part of a huge three team deal that sent him to Milwaukee and Mo Williams to Cleveland to play with LaBron James. Ridnour played three seasons at the University of Oregon where he led the Ducks into the NCAA tournament twice. The 6’ 2” guard is best remembered locally for leading the Borderites to consecutive 2A state basketball championships including an undefeated season in 1999.
While Ridnour will become the veteran of the Timberwolves, the move has already been received with a spate of curiousity by the local media and fans in the Minneapolis area.
Minnesota has a glut of point guards right now. Besides the newly acquired Ridnour, the T-Wolves have point guards Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions as well as rights to Ricky Rubio of Spain, last year’s fifth overall pick in the draft, who is expected to join the team in 2011 after fulfilling his contract with Regal FC Barcelona. Flynn was chosen with the sixth pick in 2009.
Rumors are rampant that another trade is in the works, with Sessions or Flynn being the likely subject.