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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Knicks sign Quentin Richardson

General Manager Glen Grunwald announced Tuesday morning that the Knicks will sign free agent veteran swingman Quentin Richardson.

Richardson’s roster spot was made available after the team signed and then promptly waived forward-center Solomon Jones after playing in just two regular season contests.

Richardson previously played with the Knicks from 2005 until 2009, averaging 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game during his stint.

The 6-foot-6 Richardson is expected to augment the Knickss arsenal of shooters, while hopefully providing some reliable perimeter defense.

Richardson has long been known as an above average three-point shooter, particularly from the corner. In 2006, his second season with the Knicks, Richardson shot nearly 38 percent from distance.

A 12-year veteran from DePaul, Richardson played with the Orlando Magic last season but was waived during training camp last fall. His career averages of 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds aren’t exactly eye-popping, and he doesn’t add much in the way of size to an already depleted front court.

However, Richardson has traditionally rebounded well for his size, and his solid defense could pay some spot dividends along a playoff path that could include Paul George, LeBron James and — more immediately — Paul Pierce.

Because he was waived prior to the regular season, Richardson is eligible for the postseason roster. The Knicks were also apparently eyeing Delonte West.

 

39 comments on “Knicks sign Quentin Richardson

  1. jon abbey

    West would have been better. Jackson would have been pointless, as he is ineligible for the playoffs, as you pointed out the sentence before.

  2. Die_Hard_Knick_Fan

    I don’t care for this addition. I just hope his playing time is limited to covering for guys in foul trouble or letting a few guys get a quick rest before going back in.

  3. Nick C.

    Meh, I don’t get it. There’s only so many guys that have sat on the sidelines for months that can contribute and I think the Knicks have reached their quota. I think a 4/5 would have been nice since Sheed may or may not have reinjured himself and there is no guarantee with Kenyon much less Amare being at or near the level they were when they got hurt.

  4. max fisher-cohen

    Knicks are really counting on their bigs to get and stay healthy, or else they have a lot of confidence on these minuscule lineups Woodson’s been relying on recently.

    I see the logic — Q-Rich has the size and strength to defend bigger guards/SFs whereas Copeland and Novak can’t guard anyone. Maybe the 3 point shooting bonanza will be contagious and Q-Rich will have a 3 point shooting renaissance.

  5. smokinjoe

    Dont know what they are thinking..Q Rich isnt hot headed enough. .Sheed, Melo and Kmart should be your baseline..top ten in techs/per most years..pretty entertaining peek at Knicks on the bball rankings technical fouls page..

  6. jon abbey

    that’s why Delonte West was the way to go! and maybe Stephen Jackson as an unpaid assistant coach…

  7. JK47

    Why bring Q back here? Did they think that this playoff run could use a little Isiah Thomas flavor to it, and Jerome James was unavailable?

  8. jon abbey

    DS:
    I didn’t like the first time we got ride of Kurt Thomas for Q-Rich.

    too bad, because we got Nate Robinson in that deal also. wish we still had him as a bench option…

  9. MeloDrama

    I don’t know that Delonte would have made sense from the standpoint that our bigs are where the injury bug has been, and Richardson kinda profiles as a guy that would play more 4 for us than anything given our style.

    Grunwald’s worked magic before so I kinda refuse to slam any pick until I see ‘em in action.

  10. Zanzibar

    Relax everyone. Remember our motto: In GG we trust! I’ve done some research and here is what I read about Solomon Jones’ contract on Spotrac:”Signed a 2 year $1.21 million contract with New York (NYK).” Note the length of that contract – 2 years. Sound familiar? Remember Gadzuric’s contract? Gotta believe at the last minute Q-Rich agreed to accept this type of contract and the swap happened. If so, in the off-season GG can package White and Richardson’s contract to land a 3m or so player from a team looking to shed salary. What I don’t understand is why the Knicks didn’t make clear the nature of these contracts when they announced the signings of Gadzuric, Jones, and maybe Richardson. Ephus: any CBA provision preventing this type of signing for a player like QRich (e.g., vet, more than x #years in NBA?

  11. MeloDrama

    Well, “more 4 than anything” is probably pushing it. But I’d expect to see him swinging regularly between the 3 and 4 if we see him pressed into duty.

  12. yellowboy90

    I wonder why Warrick was not picked up. Looks like the Grizz are going to sign Donte Green

  13. Frank

    Zanzibar:
    Relax everyone. Remember our motto: In GG we trust! I’ve done some research and here is what I read about Solomon Jones’ contract on Spotrac:”Signed a 2 year $1.21 million contract with New York (NYK).”Note the length of that contract – 2 years. Sound familiar? Remember Gadzuric’s contract? Gotta believe at the last minute Q-Rich agreed to accept this type of contract and the swap happened. If so, in the off-season GG can package White and Richardson’s contract to land a 3m or so player from a team looking to shed salary. What I don’t understand is why the Knicks didn’t make clear the nature of these contracts when they announced the signings of Gadzuric, Jones, and maybe Richardson. Ephus: any CBA provision preventing this type of signing for a player like QRich (e.g., vet, more than x #years in NBA?

    Great point Zanzibar — and switching from Jones to Q might increase the amount of salary we can take on in a trade, since Q is 10+ years in the league (vet’s min for 10y vet = 1.36M). Add White’s 854K to that = 2.2M. With the new rules we can trade them only for someone making up to 125% + 100K more than that = 2.85MM. And would we be able to tack on Brewer’s traded player exception to equal ~3.7MM? Not sure. I guess we would be above the apron and so wouldn’t be able to do sign and trades — but at least it’d be something.

    Actually that just made me realize that since we’ll likely be above the apron, we might not be able to re-sign Copeland under the Arenas provision if someone offers him more than a mini-MLE-level contract. Damn. Ephus – am I right on that?

  14. Brian Cronin

    Yeah, just like Jones, this is all about Grunwald’s patented second-year option trick. So it is a great move just because of that. I doubt Delonte West would even take such an offer.

    By the way, Frank, you’re absolutely right. You’re killing me here! First you got my hopes up with the Arenas Rule and now you’ve dashed it! As Larry Coon notes, the Arenas Rule is only for teams that have either Early Bird Rights or the Non-Tax-Payer Mid-Level Exception. The Knicks last year had the Early Bird Rights for Jeremy Lin (which is why they were able to match the Houston offer) but the Knicks do not have Early Bird Rights on Copeland (and they obviously don’t have the Non-Tax-Payer Mid-Level).

    So all a team needs to do to guarantee that they’ll get Cope is to sign him to an offer sheet for $3,000,001.

    Fuuuuuuuuuuck.

  15. EB

    Well, Q Rich automatically becomes our most prototypical three in the rotation outside of Melo who has played more 5 this season. Cope and Novak can’t play a lick of defense there either, they more often just get put on the other team’s worst offensive threat.

    If I recall correctly, Q Rich also used to play/train with Paul Pierce. The Knicks broadcasters mentioned it once back when Q played for us. Of course Pierce lit us up anyway, but after Melo I don’t trust anyone to guard Pierce. Prigs? Martin?

  16. Mike Kurylo

    Zanzibar:
    What I don’t understand is why the Knicks didn’t make clear the nature of these contracts when they announced the signings of Gadzuric, Jones, and maybe Richardson.

    As a rule, the NBA doesn’t announce specifics of contracts.

  17. johnlocke

    Shump has done a good job guarding him during the season.

    EB:
    Well, Q Rich automatically becomes our most prototypical three in the rotation outside of Melo who has played more 5 this season. Cope and Novak can’t play a lick of defense there either, they more often just get put on the other team’s worst offensive threat.

    If I recall correctly, Q Rich also used to play/train with Paul Pierce. The Knicks broadcasters mentioned it once back when Q played for us. Of course Pierce lit us up anyway, but after Melo I don’t trust anyone to guard Pierce. Prigs? Martin?

  18. d-mar

    johnlocke:
    Shump has done a good job guarding him during the season.

    Pierce really doesn’t scare me (unless of course it’s the end of a game and he has a Knick draped on him at the 3 point line) Woody should write in big bold letters on the chalkboard: DO NOT GO FOR PIERCE HEAD FAKES!!! Because we all know what comes next: the arm flail, the scream and 2 shots.

  19. flossy

    EB: If I recall correctly, Q Rich also used to play/train with Paul Pierce. The Knicks broadcasters mentioned it once back when Q played for us.

    Piece and Q are known to absolutely hate each other’s guts, though I don’t know exactly why.

  20. mr.JayP

    getting another 5 would have been a better move imo. Like stated above, the health of all our bigs is still a big question mark

  21. mr.JayP

    btw. Tor. is beating ATL by 20 with 8min n 40 secs left in the 4th. Good possibility they might be sliding to the 6th spot after all.

    All chi has to do is win against Wash. tom.

  22. Brian Cronin

    Would you rather play Brooklyn and have a better shot at winning the first round or play Indiana and know that while your first round odds are lower, you at least don’t have to play the Heat in the second round? It seems like Atlanta is thinking that the latter might be better. They are wrong. That approach is stupid.

  23. yellowboy90

    Brian Cronin:
    Would you rather play Brooklyn and have a better shot at winning the first round or play Indiana and know that while your first round odds are lower, you at least don’t have to play the Heat in the second round? It seems like Atlanta is thinking that the latter might be better. They are wrong. That approach is stupid.

    I really think Indiana can be had in the first round by Chicago or ATL. That’s just me though.

  24. jon abbey

    Hollinger’s formulas need to be tweaked when we go from a 7.5% chance to win the title to a 5.8% because of that Charlotte game.

  25. AnonymousODG

    lawl @ Quentin Richardson

    Might as well bring back Clarence Weatherspoon or Shannon Anderson or Tim Thomas. Why not Renaldo Balkman? Heard he’s free after washing out overseas spectacularly. Jared Jeffries wasn’t available?

  26. Brian Cronin

    Jared Jeffries is on the Trailblazers. If he wasn’t, I think he actually would be on the team right now. Anyhow, remember, this move is all about the contract. Q-Rich is not going to be playing for the Knicks in the playoffs.

  27. Brian Cronin

    I really think Indiana can be had in the first round by Chicago or ATL. That’s just me though.

    They definitely could be had, but Brooklyn is a much easier team to beat.

  28. Frank

    Was just watching SI’s top 10 flops of the year – -very entertaining:

    http://nba.si.com/2013/04/16/nba-flops-chris-paul-reggie-evans-kevin-martin/?eref=sihp

    Golliver very appropriately brings up that flopping in the postseason is much more valuable — perhaps as the next step, the NBA should increase post-season flopping? Triple the fines? Technical foul the next game?

    Re: the 5-6 seeding battle – if we beat Atlanta tonight I’m pretty sure Chicago gets the 5 seed regardless of whether they win or not because they hold the head-to-head advantage. I would MUCH rather have Chicago on the 1/4/5/8 side of the bracket, if for no other reason than they will absolutely beat up the Heat (probably while losing) if they get past Brooklyn. And on the off chance that Atlanta can get by Indy, then we’d have a much easier road to the ECFs assuming we get by Boston.

    btw I am not writing off Boston at all — that’s a very tough/veteran team that had a lot of quality wins after Rondo went down — wins against Denver, Miami, Clips, Chicago, and Indiana. they went through a big lull when Garnett went down, but one could easily say that they were just playing the season out knowing they were not going to get any better than the 6 or 7 seed no matter how hard they tried. The good news is that their areas of strength (wing/center) are also our areas of strength. Not having Rondo really hurts them against us.

    I am a little worried that Chandler hasn’t played in so long — he may really be out of sync in the first couple games.

  29. chrisk06811

    Why not Renaldo Balkman?Heard he’s free after washing out overseas spectacularly.Jared Jeffries wasn’t available?

    Q Rich is the guy we will trade for Jeffries this offseason. Not sure if you’ve you-tubed what Balkman did last month….he’s lucky he’s not in a foreign prison.

  30. KnickfaninNJ

    I think the silver lining is we hired Q-Rich rather than McGrady. Not sure why I feel this way, but maybe because I think of Q-Rich as a more willing and able role player than McGrady.

  31. mon

    If we’re doing Ex-Knicks why wasn’t it McGrady? Otherwise Stephen Jackson would have been perfect and West would have been good. Q in his prime looked like a sack of potatoes shambling up the court.

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