Luke Ridnour is back with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The veteran point guard had a solid three-year run with the Minnesota Timberwolves and wasn't looking to leave while entering the final year of his contract.

But the business of contracts and player movement often leads to changes. The Timberwolves acquired shooting guard Kevin Martin as part of a three-team deal with the Bucks and Oklahoma City and suddenly the 32-year-old Ridnour was on his way to Milwaukee.

Not that Minnesota coach Rick Adelman who started Ridnour in 82 games last season was thrilled about it.

"We didn't really want to get rid of Luke" Adelman said before his team played the Bucks in Sioux Falls S.D. on Thursday. "We had to make some moves and he was the one that everybody wanted and I know why.

"He played 82 games for us. I was forced to play him out of position at the 2 guard (shooting guard) spot for two years and he never complained. He was one of our soldiers. I just wish him all the best."

The Bucks knew what they were getting in Ridnour who played two seasons in Milwaukee before heading to Minnesota.

He's still the gritty savvy player who showed up in one of general manager John Hammond's first trades made with Oklahoma City in the summer of 2008.

And Hammond figured Ridnour would be a good veteran to have around with 21-year-old Brandon Knight and rookie Nate Wolters the other point guards on the roster.

"It takes time to bring it all together but you have some veteran guys who have been through it and know what it's all about it makes it a little bit easier" Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "A guy like Luke who has been around this thing for a long time his leadership and experience does help."

Ridnour always has been able to adjust to different roster situations. When Brandon Jennings was a rookie with the Bucks in 2009 then-coach Scott Skiles started Jennings knowing Ridnour could handle being the No. 2 point guard and still would contribute heavily.

In Minnesota the Timberwolves had Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio and crafty J.J. Barea but Adelman still found a way to utilize Ridnour's talents.

"Ricky is a good kid and that made it a lot easier" Ridnour said. "We just wanted to win. Unfortunately we had so much other stuff happen injuries and we didn't (win)."

Ridnour wound up playing in tandem with Rubio and proved he could complement the former Barcelona star.

"For teams it's harder to guard" Ridnour said. "You have two guys in pick and rolls just like when I was here with Brandon.

"You make things happen; you've got guys who can shoot. It makes it difficult. It seems like every year at some point you try it out and see what happens."

Ridnour said he enjoyed playing for Adelman the veteran coach who had success in both Portland and Sacramento before moving on to Houston and now Minnesota.