A person with knowledge of the situation said a three-team trade is in place that sends J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Los Angeles Clippers and point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers to the Phoenix Suns. The deal also sends Jared Dudley from the Suns to the Clippers and Caron Butler from the Clippers to the Suns. The Bucks will get two second-round draft picks, according to the person who requested anonymity because the deal can’t officially be made public until July 10 under NBA rules. Yahoo! Sports is reporting Redick gets a four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade contract as part of the exchange . . . Kevin Martin is leaving the Thunder to rejoin former coach Rick Adelman with the Timberwolves. A person with knowledge of the deal said Martin agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth as much as $30 million . . . The Timberwolves agreed to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with free agent swingman Chase Budinger, Yahoo! Sports reported.
Lakers make pitch to keep Howard
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and other representatives of the team met for two hours with free agent center Dwight Howard to make their pitch for keeping him in Los Angeles. Howard, a seven-time All-Star, has vowed to make his decision in his own best interests, giving no indication he favored the Lakers over any other team . . . David West and the Pacers agreed to a deal to keep the power forward in Indiana for three more seasons. ESPN reported the deal is for $36 million . . . Veteran center Nazr Mohammed announced on Twitter he is staying with the Bulls. Several media outlets also reported that the Bulls agreed to a two-year deal with Mike Dunleavy Jr. . . . The Mavericks are set to add Israeli point guard Gal Mekel, saying he has agreed on a three-year deal with $2.3 million guaranteed. Free agents can’t sign until July 10 . . . Martell Webster has agreed to a four-year deal to stay with the Wizards
Ump reportedly ousted for drug use
Two people familiar with the situation tell the Associated Press a Major League Baseball umpire was recently dismissed for what was believed to be the first known drug ouster among umps. MLB announced on June 14 that Brian Runge was no longer on staff and that a Triple A umpire had been promoted, but didn’t give a reason. The two people said Runge failed at least one drug test, then reached an agreement so he could remain on the umpire roster. When he failed to comply with those terms, he was released . . . The Tigers’ Rick Porcello was suspended six games for hitting Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist with a pitch in Sunday’s game. The righthander said he will appeal the decision, which was announced before the Tigers played at Toronto. He also was fined an undisclosed amount . . . The Cubs dealt starting pitcher Scott Feldman to the Orioles and traded former All-Star Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers in exchange for veteran reliever Matt Guerrier. The Cubs got righthanders Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop as well as two international signing bonus slots from the Orioles in exchange for Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger . . . Former major leaguer Milton Bradley was sentenced to nearly three years in jail and 400 hours of community service for abusing his estranged wife. Bradley played 11 years with the Dodgers, Expos, Indians, Athletics, Padres, Rangers, Cubs, and Mariners.
Fine drops his lawsuit against ESPN
Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine is dropping his defamation lawsuit against ESPN, his lawyers said. Fine sued over broadcasts aired by ESPN with claims by two former ball boys that Fine molested them more than two decades ago. Fine was fired in November 2011, days after the broadcasts. The 67-year-old Fine was investigated by federal prosecutors and never charged and has maintained his innocence. The ex-coach’s wife, Laurie Fine, has a separate defamation suit against ESPN pending in federal court . . . Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey was suspended from her team’s next NCAA Tournament game for criticizing the officiating after a loss to Louisville last spring . . . The Big Ten female athlete of the year award no longer is named for Suzy Favor Hamilton, the Olympic track star from Wisconsin who later acknowledged working as a prostitute.
Bolt wants to dominate through 2016
To remain the fastest sprinter until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Usain Bolt is willing to become wiser and make sacrifices. Bolt said he wants ‘‘to continue dominating until the next Olympics,’’ stressing he has learned from his mistakes and that he looks forward to the young kids coming up. The six-time Olympic champion is preparing for the world championships in Moscow by racing in the 200 meters at the Areva meeting Saturday in Paris . . . USOC president Larry Probst was nominated for membership of the IOC, a big boost for US efforts to regain influence on the international Olympic stage. The president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, was also nominated. The list also included former Olympic high jump champion Stefan Holm of Sweden and Kenyan distance running great Paul Tergat.