Herd Acquires Blackmon Jr. and Rights to Smith from Delaware 87ers

By msteinberg | January 26, 2018


Team Officially Acquires Ricky Ledo

The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, acquired James Blackmon Jr. and the returning player rights to Russ Smith from the Delaware 87ers in exchange for Cameron Oliver and Shannon Brown.

In a corresponding move, the Herd officially acquired Ricky Ledo. Wisconsin completed a trade with the Reno Bighorns on Tuesday, Jan. 23 for the Providence product’s NBA G League returning player rights. The 6-7, 197 pound guard will wear No. 15 for the Herd.

“James, Russ and Ricky will help the Herd address several needs,” said Herd General Manager Dave Dean. “The ability to put the ball in the basket is something these three players can do at a high level and we look forward to welcoming them to the Herd family.”

Blackmon (6-4, 200 pounds) appeared in 28 games (seven starts) with Delaware, averaging 12.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. The former Hoosier shot 42.2 percent from the field and 38.6 from three-point range for the 87ers. Blackmon will wear No. 0 for the Herd.

Smith (6-0, 165) is averaging 34.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game with Fujian in the Chinese CBA and has scored 40+ points in 10 games this season. He appeared in 72 G League Games (2014-17), averaging 20.7 points, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds per game throughout his career. He holds the NBA G League single-game scoring record (65 points). Smith played with Louisville for four seasons (2010-14), where he won a National Championship in 2013 and averaged 14.4 points, 2.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Brown appeared in 28 games (eight starts) with the Herd and averaged 4.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Oliver played 21 games (nine starts) with Wisconsin, averaging 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.