Chris Paul reprimanded J.J. Redick near the Clippers bench in the first quarter of Sunday’s Game 7. The shooting guard had failed to rush over to help out Paul, who had given up his dribble after being trapped by Utah’s swarming double-team. Two hours later, the Clippers left the Staples Center court, their season over, Knicks president Phil Jackson waving his imaginary Jazz pennant. The Clippers exited, perhaps for the final time, without Carmelo Anthony on their team. An inevitable shake-up is coming with the Clippers’ array of free agents. The team may not be dismantled after the first-round flameout, but it will be reconfigured. Anthony, if he so wishes, could be at the heart of their makeover. According to sources, the Clippers were interested in obtaining Anthony before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, but the Knicks turned down all of their offers — none of it making sense for Jackson at the time. More options will spring open this summer, including Redick’s free agency. With the Knicks lacking 3-point prowess, Redick is a 3-point marksman who wasn’t made available in January and February. “It was a tough series for him,’’ Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Redick, who shot just 40 percent in the series, averaging 10 points per game after averaging 15 per during the regular season while shooting 44.5 percent.
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