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Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal

Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 12:25 am
Posted by Royce Young

The Magic got their man! Well, not that man. Not Superman.

It's just Jason Richardson actually who inked a four-year, $25 million deal according to Yahoo! Sports. One of the top guards in this free agent class for sure, but not exactly the primary target or someone that will necessarily encourage Dwight Howard to stick around.

Magic general manager talked to the media Saturday evening and said the team was close to a deal with Richardson and would have one done by Monday. He was asked if Richardson were just trade bait or for the long-term and Smith said he intended to keep Richardson. Smith also said the re-signing of Richardson would not have been possible without the amnesty on Gilbert Arenas.

The Magic are in such an interesting place right now with their roster. Just because Dwight Howard might be out doesn't mean it's time to blow everything apart and start anew. Orlando will be receiving a nice package in exchange for Howard that could include someone like Brook Lopez and/or Nene. So there needs to be quality pieces in place for when the roster is rebuilt.

He's only 30 and still has a number of good years ahead of him. He gives the Magic a lot of depth at shooting guard with J.J. Redick and keeps the team with a bevy of outside shooting threats, which is something coach Stan Van Gundy likes. Especially if Dwight Howard is his center. And while he might not be in a week or so, there's a good chance Van Gundy will have a new talented big man in his place, so having those marksmen flanking the wings isn't a bad thing.

Richardson averaged 15.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game with a 15.02 PER playing in both Phoenix in Orlando last season. With the Suns in 25 games he put up 19.3 ppg but with the Magic in 55, he only averaged 13.9. Four years at a little more than $5 million per year is a pretty good bargain for a player like Richardson. Considering what a lot of other guys in the same neighborhood as him are going for, I'd say the Magic did pretty well. But that's not the whole story. Because the Magic are in flux right now, or at least should be.

Richardson faded mightily last season and will greatly damage the Magic's chances of getting under the cap in the near future. Which seems like the logical plan post-Dwight. Cut salary, open up some flexibility and rebuild. Instead, it seems like Otis Smith is trying to prep to continue on with a mediocre roster that may include Nene or Brook Lopez in the near future.


Related: Consider this curious quote from Richardson though that he had over the summer:

"I want to go to a great place for my family," Richardson told the Saginaw News. "I've been blessed by God to play in the NBA for a lot of money. I'd like to go someplace that has a chance to win a championship ... I probably have five or six seasons left in the NBA, so I want to go somewhere I can stay."

Are the Magic a team he can win a title with? Or I should say, will they be that type of team in a week or two? Nope. But at this point, no way is he turning down what the Magic offered. Forget titles and contending. Money talks.


Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:58 pm

Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal

Listen if you don't like our ORLANDO MAGIC find another team and quit your crying like you have a clue. If the Magic get some help for Howard the best Center in the game maybe he will stay. He is good enough to win many NBA Championships and I would love to see him win them in Orlando, not LA or anywhere else. I hate negative people in sports, why do people even watch if all they can be is (negative)? Damn I hate that. Orlando, is lucky to have an NBA team, just like all the other small market teams. I wish Louisville or Cincinnati had a team cause there are alot of fans around our area that would love to have team. I lived in Orlando and I love the Magic and I just hope that Howard stays. If the Magic put some talent around him and he can win, he will but, if they don't he will leave just like shaq did. Great players deserve other great players to help them win Championships and without a doubt we can bring some Championships home to Central Florida and for so many positive Magic fans thats what we want, not to just have a team if Miami can win the NBA title so can Orlando.


Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:12 pm

Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal

Did Otis pass his drug test?  What is going on here.  We were forced to help pay for this arena, and this is the talent they are bringing.  Speechless

Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:11 pm

Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal

Bass plays with great energy, has a nice mid-range jumshot, good free throw shooter and a quick jumper. On the other hand, he is almost always in the wrong place, clogging up passing lanes, and cannot pass a lick- not just a black hole, a terrrible, terrible passer. Don't know for sure, but seems to have no basketball IQ. He seems to be a good locker room guy and does not cause problems.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:02 pm

Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal

I'm a Celtics fan and from my standpoint I LOVED the Brandon Bass trade.  I completely understand our end of it.  Big Baby was a very smart player 70% of the time and a flakey dipsh*t 30% of the time.  I always worried what would happen to this guy once he got a little security- meaning he'll probably blow up like a balloon.  I need a Magic fans take on this trade.  What did Orlando get out of this trade?????

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:14 am

Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal

So Otis continues his string of non-sensical personnel moves - first Big Baby, now Richardson. Would someone please fire the man!

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:24 am

Magic sign Jason Richardson to 4-year, $25M deal

The Magic GM should have been fired atleast 2 years ago.  What an absolute joke he is.  If there is ANY sport where there is just dreadful front office work it's the NBA.  A lot of these guys are not deserving of the position but it's who knows who.

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