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J.J. Redick is out with a bulging disk in his lower back. He has missed the last 11 games for the Los Angeles Clippers, including Tuesday's game at Phoenix.
There's no timetable for Redick's return, which could be put back to the playoffs.
"He's doing a lot better," Doc Rivers said. "He's shooting a little bit. I don't know what that means, but at least he's moving around shooting. But there's been no update. I don't think he's improved to the point we thought he would, so far. We had anticipated him being back almost [by now]."
Chris Paul and Doc Rivers automatically share a kinship with their point guard mentalities.
"We obviously are starting to get a better feel for each other, and our communication," Paul said after Monday night's game in New Orleans. "We're two point guards always talking like that. At times we bump heads. But I think the thing that I love and I appreciate about Doc is that he is as involved in the game as I am. He wants to win just as bad as I do."
Rivers has allowed Paul the freedom to call the plays.
"I don't have to get up to call a play because he knows the play that I'm about to call," Rivers said. "He's already calling the set and we're into our sets with 23 and 22 seconds [left on the 24-second shot clock]. There's no turning around to see what I want and we're getting into the set with 16 seconds left. That's a big difference."
The New York Knicks rejected the Oklahoma City Thunder's offer of their 2014 first round draft pick to acquire Iman Shumpert, according to sources.
The Knicks wanted an active player in return for Shumpert and deemed the guard more valuable than the late first round choice that the Thunder offered.
Doc Rivers was willing to trade Darren Collison, Byron Mullens, Matt Barnes and two second round picks to the Knicks for Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih, but Donald Sterling and others within the Los Angeles Clippers were hesitant to deal for an injured Shumpert.
Shumpert is expected to return on the trade market around the June draft.
As an MVP-caliber season nears an end with Xinjiang in China, Lester Hudson has received inquiries from the Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers, looking into the guard’s availability, league sources told RealGM.
In helping take Xinjiang to the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs and leading the club to the second-best record in the league, Hudson is averaging 26 points, 7.6 rebounds and five assists. The CBA regular season concluded on Feb. 16, bringing a flurry of American players back to the free agency pool, but Hudson remained with his team in postseason play and will become available soon.
Hudson, a crafty 6-foot-3 guard, played for the Utah Jazz in training camp this season and averaged nearly five points on 45.5 percent three-point shooting over five preseason games. He also had been a focal point of the Los Angeles Lakers’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League.
In three NBA seasons, Hudson averaged 4.8 points and 1.3 assists. His best stretch came as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers to finish the 2011-12 season, when he scored 12.7 points per game and appeared to solidify himself as a rotation player.
Hudson went to the Boston Celtics with the 58th overall draft pick in 2009.