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Toronto Raptors Waive Quentin Richardson; Can a Return to the New York Knicks Be in the Cards?

August 31st, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Daniel Stack

'Quentin Richardson' photo (c) 2007, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

According to Yahoo.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter), the Toronto Raptors waived ex-New York Knick Quentin Richardson on Friday (8/30). This was after he was just recently acquired from the Raptors along with Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, and future draft picks in exchange for Andrea Bargnani.

When Toronto traded for Richardson, they signed him to a three-year $4.4 million contract, although the last two years were not guaranteed.

To answer the question in the title post, the answer is likely no. The Knicks have been searching far and wide for another legitimate center-type for their final roster spot. That’s why you have seen the names of Louis Amundson, Ivan Johnson, Earl Barron and Hamed Haddadi being linked with the Knicks. So, unless they have a shift in philosophy, the Knicks might avoid addressing other positions for now.

 

On the other hand, Richardson is a pest, and a gutsy defender who can get under the skin of opposing shooting guards and small forwards. The Knicks have assembled somewhat of a goon squad with the addition of Metta World Peace and the re-signing of Kenyon Martin. If they look to sign Richardson, they can get another player of that ilk. Think the Detroit Pistons Bad Boy era of the late 80’s, or more so the Knicks via the mid-90’s.

'Quentin Richardson' photo (c) 2007, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Obviously, Richardson is not the complete basketball player he was in his prime after coming out of DePaul in 2000. For his career, Richardson has averaged 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Richardson was signed to the Knicks prior to last season’s playoffs, but rarely played. Richardson also had an admirable stint with the Knicks from 2005-09, being a consistent threat from three-point range while mixing in his trademark toughness and grit. Richardson has also played for the Clippers, Suns, Heat and Magic in his 13 years in the NBA.

As a role player, they don’t come much better than Richardson and if the Knicks want to look outside the box for their final roster spot, Richardson could be just the wild card they’re looking for—again.

 

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