Cross off one Dallas contingency plan.
Yahoo! Sports reports that the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to send Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns in a three-way deal that sends Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick to L.A. and a pair of second-round picks to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Mavs and Clippers have discussions about a sign-and-trade deal that would have sent O.J. Mayo to L.A. with Bledsoe and at least one other player coming to Dallas. The Clippers opted instead to sign Redick and were able to unload Butler's $8 million expiring contract and receive a 3-point threat in Dudley in the three-team deal.
The Mavs would not have agreed to any deal before Dwight Howard makes his decision. If Howard chooses the Mavs, they will renounce the rights necessary to use Mayo in a sign-and-trade deal.