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Clips ship Richardson to Wolves in 4-star deal

ON the same day that he left for Spain to discuss Ricky Rubio's buyout with DKV Joventut, Minnesota Timberwolves President David Kahn traded the only veteran point guard he has on his roster.

Kahn sent Sebastian Telfair and forwards Mark Madsen and Craig Smith to the Los Angeles Clippers for Quentin Richardson, possibly clearing room for Rubio.

"This is not a precursor of any sort," Kahn said on Monday from New York shortly before he took a flight across the Atlantic. "We have no feel yet as to whether Ricky will be joining us."

Rubio has a multimillion-dollar buyout of his contract with Joventut that threatens to keep him in Spain for another season, or possibly two. Kahn hopes to lower the number - which could go as high as US$6.6 million - to make it easier for the 18-year-old point guard to join the Timberwolves this season.

The deal also ends Minnesota's glut at power forward. Smith was a capable scorer off the bench for the Wolves, but he had trouble getting consistent playing time behind Al Jefferson and Kevin Love.

Richardson has one year remaining on his contract at US$9.3 million and gives Minnesota a veteran presence at shooting guard that was not there after it traded Randy Foye and Mike Miller to Washington in June.

Wayne Ellington was the only true shooting guard on the roster before the Wolves acquired Richardson.

"I felt we needed to start addressing some of the roster imbalances that were created as part of the Wizards trade and this is a step toward that," Kahn said. "If we want to add another player, we now have a place to do that."

Richardson averaged 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds last season for the New York Knicks. This is the third time the shooting guard has been traded this summer. He went from the Knicks to Memphis in a deal for Darko Milicic in June, then was shipped from the Grizzlies to the Clippers for Zach Randolph last week.


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