Article No. 4 of the Dr. Trade column finds us chronicling the ever-continuing travels of Quentin Richardson.
Just over 24 hours ago, I wrote a then-current article about his move from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Clippers. The fates have decided (conspired?) that Quentin's odyssey through the wasteland franchise of the NBA is not yet complete.
Today's transaction for a trio of Minnesota TimberWolves leaves my previous article suddenly obsolete, and Quentin Richardson continues to wonder where he will be buying/renting this season.
Without further ado, we jump into the expert-level analysis that you can find with each and every Dr. Trade article. My hope is that today's article can remain current for at least 48 hours this time.
Los Angeles Clippers get: PF Craig Smith, PG Sebastian Telfair, F/C Mark Madsen
Minnesota Timberwolves get: G/F Quentin Richardson
In regards to Richardson, I'll choose to quote myself from yesterday's article, (it's easier this way for all of us, and it strokes my ever-inflating ego):
"Richardson, while being an above average three-point shooter, offers little else in the way of a complete game. His rebounding numbers have been fairly respectable, but he offers nothing defensively. His shooting percentage has been dipping for the last three seasons.
Richardson shouldn't be considered an NBA starter anymore (unless it would be as the fourth or fifth offensive option), but he still brings enough to the table to be a rotation "shooter" off someone's bench."
Minnesota not only lacked any type of a legitimate three-point threat on its roster, (Ryan Gomes' improving stroke is still not more than passable at this point), but were also brimming with power forwards and short on guards. Today's trade was useful for the Wolves in that it added a second SG to the roster alongside rookie Wayne Ellington.
In regards to Sebastian Telfair, this move was clearly made possible by the better-than-expected exploits of Jonny Flynn at the Vegas Summer League and GM David Kahn's continuing belief that he will be able to woo Ricky Rubio to the Twin Cities.
Telfair had played respectably for the Wolves the past two seasons as his decision-making continued to improve, but his small frame and shooting woes have proven that he is nothing more than a steady backup at best.
Craig Smith is a bruising low-post scorer who rebounds well, but whose lack of height (6'7" on a tall day) limits his contributions defensively. He'll give the Clippers another weapon on their front line, and he could pave the way for a move to parlay Chris Kaman or Marcus Camby into a more needed player.
Mark Madsen remains the NBA's dancing champion. Having gotten to know Madsen through a handful of radio and personal interviews back in my own Minnesota days, I do wish him the best.
He's a player whose motor, attention to detail, and locker-room presence have kept him in the league a lot longer than his skill level would have. Whether he will play another NBA game is unclear, but he adds another high-character guy to a franchise that could greatly benefit.
This deal seems to be a wash for both teams involved.
The Clippers were able to rid themselves of Zach Randolph's contract, girth, and lack of team play while turning Quentin Richardson into two-and-a-half usable bench players. They were already set at SG with Eric Gordon and Ricky Davis, and now they have addressed their backup point guard and front-line depth adequately.
It was good to see the Wolves use a couple of assets from their overflowing list of power forwards to address an obvious situation of need.
I've been told that I overvalue Craig Smith too much, but even when I (a Wolves fan) try to be impartial, I wonder whether Minnesota slightly overpaid. That being said, Richardson has proven that he can contribute just enough to be effective off the bench (if Ellington is the real deal) or from a starters' spot.
Trust me on this one. After all, I am a doctor.
- "Dr. Trade"