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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Clippers Find A Willing Taker

Posted by Kevin Arnovitz

The last time Quentin Richardson was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, the Clips were a promising, young squad that included Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Bobby Simmons and Chris Wilcox. Next week, Richardson will be shipped back to Los Angeles as nothing more than filler in a deal that will send Zach Randolph from the Clippers to Memphis. It's a seemingly inequitable trade -- the 20/10 in Randolph for gimpy, marginal Richardson -- until you look beneath the surface: 

The NBA's salary cap structure is usually unforgiving of teams that made the kind of miscalculation the Clippers did on Randolph last season. But the Clippers have been leading a charmed existence over the past six weeks. First Blake Griffin lands in their lap, and now they find a willing sucker for Zach Randolph.