The Charlotte Bobcats acquired guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien, the Bobcats announced Thursday.
ESPN.com reported that the Bobcats also persuaded the Bucks to absorb the salary of Sessions. Milwaukee balked at a Neal-for-Sessions swap because Sessions is making $5 million this season, compared to Neal's $3.25 million.
The Bobcats are 25-30 and in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Neal averaged 10.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for the Bucks. He spent three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs before signing this past offseason with the Bucks.
Ridnour, in his 11th NBA season, averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 assists per game.
"We are excited to add a pair of quality players to our backcourt," Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said. "Gary is an exceptional shooter and Luke is a veteran point guard who can help us off the bench. They both have significant postseason experience so they know how to get where we're trying to go. We look forward to adding them to our rotation. We also want to thank Ramon and Jeff for their contributions and professionalism and wish them the best of luck."
Sessions averaged 10.5 points and 3.7 assists per game for the Bobcats. Adrien averaged 2.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.