PHOENIX - Phoenix traded Raja Bell and Boris Diaw to the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday in a deal that sent Jason Richardson to the Suns.
Rookie point guard Sean Singletary, a former Penn Charter star who has played in 13 games, also went to Charlotte. The Suns also picked up small forward Jared Dudley and a 2010 second-round draft pick.
"We felt like we needed to shake things up a little bit," Suns general manager Steve Kerr said. "We wanted to add a great scorer in the backcourt to give us better balance to take some of the pressure off of Steve [Nash]."
The 6-foot-6 Richardson is a two-time NBA slam-dunk champion who is averaging 18.7 points this season.
Bell, a former 76er, was a first-team all-defensive team selection in 2006-07. He is averaging 9.4 points this season.
The versatile Diaw had seen his playing time dwindle behind Amare Stoudemire. Diaw is averaging 8.3 points.