T-Wolves, Clippers swap four

Published 2:44 am Tuesday, July 21, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS — Another round of change for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota forward Mark Madsen said Monday that he has been traded along with Sebastian Telfair and Craig Smith to the Los Angeles Clippers for Quentin Richardson. Madsen said his agent confirmed the deal, which was first reported by YahooSports.com.

Madsen’s hustle and geniality made him a fan favorite in six seasons in Minnesota. His playing time waned as his career progressed, but he remained a valued leader in the locker room for a young team that is rebuilding.

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‘‘This really started to feel like home for me,’’ Madsen told The Associated Press in a phone interview. ‘‘I’ve come to love the state of Minnesota.’’

He will be returning to a city he knows well. Madsen spent the first three years of his career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers before signing with Minnesota in 2003.

Smith was a capable scorer off the bench for the Wolves, but the power forward had trouble getting consistent playing time behind Al Jefferson and Kevin Love. Smith grew up in Los Angeles, starring at Fairfax High School before leaving to play at Boston College.