Wednesday , Jul , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Suns sign Quentin Richardson to offer sheet

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns signed Los Angeles Clippers
restricted free agent guard Quentin Richardson to a lucrative offer sheet on
Wednesday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but earlier reports
stated that the deal is for six years and worth between $48 million and $50

Originally selected out of DePaul by the Clippers in the first round (18th
overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft, Richardson is coming off the best season
of his four-year career. He played in 65 games for LA in 2003-04 and averaged
career-highs in points (17.2 ppg) and rebounds (6.4 rpg).

Richardson has participated in 281 games during his career and owns averages
of 12 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The 24-year-old has not yet played
in the postseason during his NBA career.

The Clippers have 15 days to match the offer. LA is still waiting on a
decision from unrestricted free agent All-Star guard Kobe Bryant as to where
he will sign.

The Denver Nuggets were also reported to have had an interest in signing