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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Report: Clippers send Randolph to Memphis for Richardson

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers reportedly cleared some cap space for 2010, sending forward Zach Randolph to Memphis in exchange for forward/guard Quentin Richardson.

Several media sources are reporting the exchange. Randolph is set to make $33 million over the next two seasons, while Richardson makes $9 million in 2009-10, the last year of his deal.

Not only does the deal clear significant cap space for Los Angeles, but the Clippers will also receive an $8 million trade exception because of the salary differences.

League rules prevent the deal from being completed until next week.

Richardson has now been traded twice in a week and comes back to where his career began. The 6-foot-6 DePaul product was traded from New York to Memphis on draft night in exchange for Darko Milicic.

The 29-year-old, who was the Clippers' first-round pick in 2000, averaged 10.2 points in 72 games for the Knicks last season and holds a 11.5 career points per game average. He spent the first four seasons of his career with the Clips, averaging a career-high 17.2 points per game in his last season with the club in 2003-04.

Randolph, who split last season with New York and Los Angeles, will head to the Grizzlies after putting up over 20 points a game in 50 combined contests with the two clubs. The 27-year-old has career averages of 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 506 career games with Portland, New York and the Clippers.
Does this mean they are giving up on Lee? Can the other players on Memphis play with the blackhole double double no defense machine?