July 20, 2009
Monday afternoon, iron man Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Los Angeles Clippers had agreed to trade guard Quentin Richardson to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Sebastian Telfair(notes), Mark Madsen(notes) and Craig Smith(notes).
And then the Earth stopped spinning for a second.
OK, so no one is arguing the four-player swap is exactly "stop the presses!" material — I sarcastically Tweeted the whole deal screamed "NBA summer news" — but there is one interesting little tidbit to it: Richardson has been passed around more times this summer than a reefer at some Phish concert.
Q-Rich, originally drafted 18th overall by the Clippers in 2000, has one year remaining on his contract for about $9 million, which helps explain why he's been traded three times in the last month. He went from the Knicks to the Memphis Grizzlies in a deal for Darko Milicic(notes) on draft night, then was shipped from the Grizzlies to the Clippers for Zach Randolph(notes) last week. Now, he finds himself in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," though he probably shouldn't start unpacking the Sea-Doos just yet.
"[Sounds] like Q-Rich might be moved again," Matt Smith of AM1500 in Minnesota posted on his Twitter account. "[Wolves GM David] Kahn says lots more moves to go."
Would a fourth trade this offseason set some sort of infamous NBA record? I'm not sure. But even if it did, it still has nothing on Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur(notes). He was originally selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 27th pick in 2008 before being traded to Portland, Houston and Memphis in separate draft night deals. Four teams, one night. Now that's efficient.
Man, I hope these guys' real estate agents don't work quickly.