Clippers getting Redick, Dudley
July 5, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley are heading to Los Angeles as new members of the Clippers while their city rivals, the Lakers, are hoping Dwight Howard stays put.
A three-team trade is in place that sends Redick to Los Angeles from the Milwaukee Bucks and Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns.
The trade on a busy second day of NBA free agency will also send Dudley from the Suns to the Clippers and Caron Butler from the Clippers to the Suns. The Bucks will get two second-round draft picks, according to the person who requested anonymity because deals can't officially be made public until July 10 under NBA rules.
Yahoo! Sports, which first reported the trade, said Redick gets a four-year, US$27 million sign-and-trade contract as part of the exchange.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and other representatives of the team met for about two hours with Howard to make their pitch for keeping him in town.
“At the meeting, we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community, and why we feel this is the best place for him to continue his career,” Kupchak said in a statement released by the team. “We are hopeful that Dwight decides to remain a Laker.”
Howard became one of the NBA's most coveted free agents when free agency opened Monday. The Lakers have made no secret they want to keep him, but the Houston Rockets, the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks also are interested.
Howard's first, and perhaps only, season in Los Angeles was a disappointment, ending in a first-round playoff sweep, and he acknowledged being unhappy at times. But the Lakers want to keep the former Defensive Player of the Year, believing the extra year and about US$30 million more they can give him will provide a huge advantage.
Free agent power forward David West has agreed to a deal that will keep him in Indiana for at least three more seasons.