Mobley Passes Over Wizards For Clippers
Free agent shooting guard Cuttino Mobley has agreed to sign a five-year contract worth about $42 million with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a source close to Mobley.
He split last season between Orlando and Sacramento and opted out of a contract that would have paid him about $6.4 million next season with the Kings. Mobley averaged 17.2 points per game last season.
The Wizards, who are in the market for a shooting guard to replace Larry Hughes , expressed interest in Mobley but could not match the Clippers' offer.
Juan Dixon , the former Maryland star and free agent guard who spent the past three seasons with the Wizards, has been contacted by the Miami Heat. Miami may be looking to replace unrestricted free agent Keyon Dooling should Dooling land elsewhere. However, the Heat is not expected to make any free agent decisions until it completes a contract extension with Shaquille O'Neal .
The Wizards have been in discussions about a possible sign-and-trade deal with both the Grizzlies and the Lakers involving former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown . The Grizzlies deal would bring forward-center Lorenzen Wright and two draft picks to Washington, according to two league sources. The Lakers would send shooting guard Caron Butler and Washington's choice of center Vlade Divac , point guard Chucky Atkins or small forward Devean George . Both Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and his Washington counterpart, Ernie Grunfeld , had no comment when asked about the talks.
The Los Angeles Times, in today's editions, says the Lakers and Brown's agent, Arn Tellem , have agreed in principle to a two-year contract with a club option for a third year in the event the teams make a trade.
-- Ivan Carter