J.J. Redick was drying off from a swim lesson with his 10-month-old son when he saw the pulse-quickening text message.
“Call me ASAP,” read the text from Clippers Coach Doc Rivers.
No, Rivers assured Redick when he called, he was not being traded, and there was no mention of Redick's having given the Clippers an “F-minus” for their efforts in free agency. But Rivers did need some help. He wanted the shooting guard to join a contingent of Clippers heading to Houston on Wednesday to urge DeAndre Jordan to back out of his commitment to the Dallas Mavericks after the free-agent center had expressed second thoughts.
Redick detailed the wild sequence...