Kittles and Clips: LA acquires veteran guard
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers bolstered their
backcourt Thursday, acquiring guard Kerry Kittles and cash considerations from
the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.
Kittles was selected by the Nets with the eighth overall pick in the 1996 NBA
Draft. He competed in all 82 regular-season games for the third time in his
career last season, averaging 13.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest.
“We are very pleased to announce the addition of Kerry Kittles, who is a
talented player with a great work ethic,” Clippers vice president of
basketball operations Elgin Baylor said. “Kerry plays hard on both ends of the
floor and has a great feel for the game. He is also a veteran player who
brings a tremendous amount of playoff experience to our roster.”
In 496 career games, the former Villanova standout averages 14.3 points, 3.9
boards and 2.6 assists per game. Kittles played an instrumental role in
helping New Jersey to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.
“Our objective all along has been to add talented players and we are very
pleased with the acquisition of Kerry Kittles, who is the perfect fit for our
team,” Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy said. “Kerry is a terrific defender,
ball-handler and perimeter shooter who will enhance our team chemistry.”
The 30-year-old Kittles has career playoff averages of 12.3 points, 3.6
rebounds and 2.1 assists in 54 games. Kittles also ranks first all-time in
Nets playoff history in games played (54) and three-point field goals made
(66); second in three-point field goals attempted (196); third in field goals
made (250), field goals attempted (590), steals (87) and minutes (1,734).
Kittles leaves the Garden State as the team’s second all-time leading scorer
with 7,096 points. He is also the Nets’ all-time leader in three-point field
goals made (679) and attempted (1,817).
“Kerry has been a model of professionalism since he came into the NBA in
1996,” Nets CEO Rod Thorn said. “He was a key component in the Nets’ success
over the past three seasons, providing the team with transition speed, outside
shooting and defensive quickness. We wish him continued success in the
Meanwhile, the Clippers renounced the rights to guard Quentin Richardson and
will not match an offer made by the Phoenix Suns. 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 million.
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.