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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers restricted free agent guard Quentin Richardson have agreed on an offer sheet that will pay the 24-year-old, fourth-year guard between $48 million and $50 million, league sources told ESPN's David Aldridge.


Richardson, who has spent his entire career with the Clippers, can't officially sign with the Suns until July 14.



When Richardson signs the sheet the Clippers will have 15 days to match the offer. The sources said the contract also includes additional incentives.



Richardson visited the Denver Nuggets earlier in the free agent period and was one of the players in whom Denver had the most interest. However, the Nuggets have turned their attention to Lakers free agent Kobe Bryant and Spurs restricted free agent Manu Ginobili.



The Clippers have indicated that they'd like to keep Richardson, but it would be impossible for them to do and continue their pursuit of Bryant.



The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Richardson started 64 games last season and set career-high averages in points (17.2), rebounds (6.4) and assists (2.1).



Los Angeles matched offer sheets last summer for forwards Elton Brand and Corey Maggette, but allowed forward Lamar Odom to leave for the Miami Heat.



Phoenix had initially targeted Spurs restricted free agent Hedo Turkoglu, but negotiations stalled on Tuesday when Turkoglu rejected a six-year, $24 million offer. Turkoglu reached agreement with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday on a six-year deal for the full mid-level exception.



The Suns have already agreed to terms with free agent Steve Nash guard on a six-year, $66 million deal; if the Clippers don't match Phoenix's offer for Richardson, the Suns would have one of the league's most dynamic guard rotations, along with third-year man Joe Johnson.



Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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