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Jul 12

Source: Orlando Magic to Sign Quentin Richardson to a Multi-Year Contract

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Via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com:

Unable to reach a contract agreement with gritty small forward Matt Barnes, the Orlando Magic instead agreed to a deal with veteran wing Quentin Richardson on Monday.

Just four days after inking Chris Duhon to a four-year, $15 million pact to shore up their point guard spot, the Magic landed Richardson to add depth at small forward. He’ll either start or play beind Mickael Pietrus next season. […]

Richarson, 30, is a big upgrade as far as a shooter — always a plus in an offense centered around the post play of superstar Dwight Howard. He hit 39.7 percent of his 3-pointers last season and is a career 36 percent shooter from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 76 games (75 starts) with the Miami Heat last season.

Like Barnes, Richardson is also considered a top defender on the wing because of his strength and toughness.

Tomorrow, check back for analysis on the Richardson signing.

36 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Daniel

The move you suggested makes no sense for the Magic.

Love is an All-Star caliber player, but Milicic and Brewer bring almost nothing of value. In the aggregate, Orlando would be giving up too much talent for Love since Milicic and Brewer are practically worthless.

How is Carter going to be injured in the first 15 games? This idea that Carter is injury-prone is a fallacy. Carter has played, at minimum, 75 regular season games or more in the last seven years.

And lastly, it's foolish to underestimate the Heat's ability to surround James, Wade, and Bosh with a supporting cast. Chalmers, Miller, Haslem, and Ilgauskas are on board, and more players are coming.

@Emmanuel Tirado

Maybe. I don't think Richardson's knowledge of Wade will make much of a difference, to be honest. Wade is still going to score at will.

@Jack Dunkulous

Enough. The act is getting old.

@MagicMark

Ignore him.

MagicMark
MagicMark

Sounds like someone is upset because their team struck out on all the big name free agents.

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

So it is a done deal and you match on JJ's offer. Money is no problem and the reports the Magic want to cut payroll are a bunch of hooey. Just don't understand why Otis is waiting to match. It is a done deal. They match no matter what. So why not show JJ how much he means to the organization and wrap it up?

You Jr. GM's have it all figured out. I really like the VC for Melo trade and the Nelson for CP3 trade. The Nuggets and Hornets would be fools not to jump on those.

Since money is no object you guys probably should have got in on the free agent bonanza. Kept your core players and picked up either Wade or Lebron. What would 130 million payroll mean to a guy that has a net of 4.5 billion. Heck money don't matter....you should have grabbed them both and Bosh too.

Emmanuel Tirado
Emmanuel Tirado

Another good reason for having Richardson on the Magic is that he played with D-Wade last season which means that he knows better than everybody else on how to stop him and exploit his weakness.

Daniel
Daniel

@Jack Dunkulous

You need to remember one very important quote from before the offseason started. Otis smith said that he was told by the owners of the team that he could go into the luxury tax as much as needed to keep the team in the hunt for the championship. Given he said that I would say it is a certainty that JJ will be resigned.

The trade they need to be going for is Gortat/Bass/Pietrus to Minnesota for Kevin Love, Corey Brewer and Darko Milicic. Gives us another/better SG option for VC because we all know he will be injured within the first 15 games. It gives us a very much needed true PF to give dwight the extra man in the post he needs to become unstoppable and it also gives us a cheaper C as a back up for dwight while not giving up too much in return. Also means a lot of young players we can keep together for a long time to rebuild some team chemistry. We get that trade going and you can say good bye to Miami if they can even field a team. Oh and those poor little Chicago Bulls can spent the next decade chasing Florida. Good luck. You'll need it.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Jack Dunkulous

Your comments are filled with so many inaccuracies:

-- Orton's contract this year will be 857K, according to the 2010-2011 NBA rookie scale
-- The Magic, more or less, have a full roster, assuming that Otis Smith matches the Chicago Bulls' offer sheet for Redick. The last piece remaining would be a third point guard, who would probably cost no more than the veteran's minimum.
-- Not sure why you keep assuming that Redick is going to Chicago, given that Orlando still needs him to back-up Vince Carter and possibly be the team's starting shooting guard in the future
-- Again, I think you're underestimating the Magic's ability to spend right now
-- You're also overlooking the fact that re-signing Redick would be a short term hit for Orlando, given that Carter's contract expires next year and would shed a considerable amount of money from their luxury tax bill
-- Bass is not an enforcer; he is more expendable than Gortat

I'm not going to respond to the rest of your nonsense. I find it rude and arrogant that you're telling me, someone that has watched every Magic game for the last 18 years, what Van Gundy needs to do with the roster, who's going to play, and this and that. I respect your opinion, but you have little to no clue about the inner workings with Orlando.

@M_DePaul0709

Orton isn't a waste. Hard to pass judgment on a kid that's played five Summer League games. Not sure why you're excited to see Lewis leave, by the way. Lewis is a big reason why the Magic are an elite team and title contender.

M_DePaul0709
M_DePaul0709

Anyone who says JJ is a waste of cap space doesn't know what they're talking about. He obviously proved himself last season. He makes a great backup and is a great spot up shooter. As a Magic fan, the only thing i would be excited to see is Shard LEAVING. Unfortunately that isn't a possibility for another two years. And our first round pick was obviously a waste. Maybe we could take a shot at signing shaq again for a solid backup center? Probably not. The only trade possibility to me would be pairing up VC and Gortat, and even then i wouldn't have the faintest idea what Otis could get. I think we have a solid team and we should stick with it.

Go Magic.

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

@Billy (slickw143)

I got on here when I saw you signed Richardson today. I knew that meant you were giving up on Redick. You Magic fans are in denial about keeping JJ. You are trying to cut some of your salary because you are way over the cap. If you keep JJ you are going to be shelling out @103 million in salary this year once you sign 13 players.

I stayed on here because I saw some crazy trade suggestions. Why would the Nuggets take Vince for Melo? Why would the Hornets take Nelson for CP3? Why would any of you want to give Gortat away for future draft picks to keep another wing player that is going to cost you 14 million this year. That makes no sense.

The only person you can get rid of in order to keep JJ is Vince. Pietrus, Nelson, Duhon, Richardson, and Lewis are staying. If you can find someone to take Vince and his 17.5 salary and not expect the Magic to take a dime back in return you will keep JJ.

trod409
trod409

The whole concept is playing Van gundy's system which is involve being Crafty, a lot of defensive effort and rely on half court in and out game by using a Dominant big man like Dwight on the Post. Players like J.J. and Bass(both undersized) have liabilities if they play at another position and that's why SVG doesnt give them a lot of opportunities that their deserved. J.J. is showing his worth now after four season with the team wich I undestand by the lack of playing time, Bass is still trying to fit with the system but right now I dont think the Magic will have time to wait for that happen, the championship window is right now and this year doesnt look any better. The Cavs are out of picture but the Heat has improved dramatically thanks to Lebron/Bosh and Wade, I hope Duhon and Richardson elevate their game up and please sign Ewing Jr. and give him some decent playing time.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

Why is a Bulls fan telling Magic fans how the team runs and what players the team does and doesn't need?

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

@Eddy Rivera

Check out the picture above. Richardson is the same size as Wade. He is has 2 guard size. You now have 3 wings under contract not counting Lewis who pretty much a wing. You no longer need JJ.

Trading Gortat would be easy, but you have to take back similar value. So there is no savings to keep JJ. Gortat is the best back up center in the league. You are not trading him and replacing him with a project who couldn't start for his college team.

You will play Bass this year. Who do you have to play D on Boozer, Amare, and Bosh. Three pretty good post players and if Lewis gets in foul trouble who you going to turn to? Anderson?

The Richardson signing replaces both JJ's shooting and Barnes D. Your owner just cut got closer to being under the cap.

We can agree on one thing.....Melo is not coming to Orlando....be happy.

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

You could move Gortat....no doubt. Who is your back up center if you trade Gortat? Bass had a bum knee and is your only enforcer left if you trade Gortat. You need both of those guys.

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

Your salary right now is 80 million. Don't know what you got Richardson for so lets say 2.5 which would be a bargain. Your draft pick will cost you about 1.5. Redick will cost you 7. That puts you at 91 million, plus 3.25 penalty for Duhon and 7 penalty for Redick. You now have a grand total of 101.25 million and you do not yet have a full team signed.

Redick is a Bull......or you find a taker for Vince in the next 4 days.....or you sign and trade JJ. But that doesn't help you out much since you will have to take back similar value and pay the Bulls for screwing them. So.....welcome to Chicago JJ!

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Billy (slickw143)

Like I said, I'd be shocked if Redick doesn't return. I think people underestimate how highly the Magic organization, as a whole, think of Redick as a player.

@Mikeyho

Parker is still with the Spurs. McGrady will be lucky to land with a team.

@Jayson

Richardson is MORE physical than Barnes. Look at Richardson's physique in the picture next to Dwyane Wade. They're almost alike.

@Jack Dunkulous

Powe was a back-up to Garnett and Perkins. End of story.

I'm more than aware of the tax penalty. I don't need an explanation on the matter. Some of the smaller pieces aren't unmovable. Multiple teams have contacted Otis Smith about Marcin Gortat and Brandon Bass, but he's repeatedly said that he hasn't received an offer that he's liked. Gortat has proven that he is a starting-caliber center and at his contract (roughly $6.3 million), he'd be a bargain as a starter for another team. Bass' contract ($4 million) is reasonable, too, given that he's a solid seventh or eighth man in a rotation but is simply a bad fit with the Magic. Orlando has pieces that can be moved, if need be.

Barnes is gone ... he said it himself. The Magic are better off re-signing Redick, who is younger and better than Barnes. Case closed.

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

@Eddy Rivera
I am not going to argue about Powe or Bass.....neither has played much in the past year and maybe he was playing for KG and not Pierce.

Redick contract is front loaded at 7 mill the first 2 years and @5.5 for the third year. You can call it what ever you want, but it is a $1 for $1 penalty. If you sign him for 7 mill you are paying another 7 mill in penalty.

You are paying over 46 million this year for your guards. Moving smaller pieces is not always easy and some of your smaller pieces are unmovable. You need to move someone without compromising the team......or not match on JJ and play Pietrus at the 2.

You just signed a good 3 point shooter that plays the 2 as much as the 3. To me that says you have your cheaper option. I wouldnt be surprised if you now sign Barnes. You will be paying he and Richardson much less than what it will cost to keep JJ.

Jayson
Jayson

He's a lot like Barnes as a defender goes... maybe a bit less physical. That being said he is a very good defender (especially with D12 sitting behind him). He's a terrific 3 pt shooter. He isn't great off the dribble in my opinion, but he wont need to be a ball handler. He is a spot up shooter who isn't afraid of the moment. Overall I think he will be an upgrade to Matty B. I loved what he brought to our team toughness, but he was an offensive liability at times. Q is an excellent shooter from beyond the arc. The question is: Will we be better this year at kicking out on dribble penetration to the open shooters? Only time will tell...

Good signing.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

This summer has seen so many big names change. It's hard to even keep up with who is where. I just re-remembered that Amare is now on the Knicks. This strong suns team is now so much different. Where did Tony Parker go? Knicks also? Is Tracy going anywhere? After I saw Grant Hill in the 16th Chapel my friend saw T Mac in Milan. He was with some Adidas 5 tour or something.

Can we get a summary of this craziness?

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

Powe isn't a SF, he's a short PF. The Magic will likely keep JJ either way, he's our back-up 2, and with Vince and Pietrus, we're going to need depth behind them since they'll get hurt at some point this year.

Also, it takes two GM's to make a trade. Everyone saying "OTIS GET CP3/MELO NOW NO OTHER MOVES!" has no concept of how the business works. Denver has no incentive to trade Melo to the Magic. None.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Jack Dunkulous

Some of your numbers are off. Nelson is at $8.1 million, Duhon starts at $3.25 million next season, and Redick's salary would begin at $7 million (I think). Again, it's not a cap penalty. It's a tax penalty. And I'd take Redick over Ellis in heartbeat. Ellis is nothing more than a poor man's Allen Iverson -- an overrated, undersized two-guard that is one of the most inefficient players in the NBA.

Redick will likely come back. Again, Richardson's signing has no bearing on Redick's future with Orlando. If Otis Smith needs to shed some salary, he can move some of the smaller pieces around to make things work.

As for Carter, he didn't play well against the Celtics. That's it.

Bass came from the Mavericks, yes.

Powe can't play small forward, either. When Powe was with the Celtics, he played at either power forward or center.

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

@Eddy Rivera

Oops. Yeah Bass can't play small forward. He came from Dallas didn't he? I was getting him confused with Powe who use to play for the Celtics.....he could play both forward positions.....and had like 25 in the playoffs a few years ago when Pierce had one of his "injuries".

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

He is your only other center and since Howard is prone to fouls I can understand that.

VC 17.5, Nelson 7.8, Duhon 3.8, Pietrus, 5.3 and then Redick 7. That is 41.4 in salary plus another 10.8 in cap penalty and your paying 52.2 million. I know Pietrus can play the 3 so we can take off his salary......so 46.9 million for your guards.....for one year. Redick will be costing you more than what you could get Monta Ellis for.

I think he is going to the Bulls.....or you find some sucker to take VC off your hands in order to keep JJ. Vince did not do you any favors in that scenario. He played like crap in the playoffs. Dont know who would want him at that price...... although the Knicks woud probably take him.

JoeybarZ
JoeybarZ

Always liked q rich... Pretty solid player as far as strength and shooting ability... I can see him fit... Hoping we can get jj back though... That would be a tremendous loss... Lol just about any signing is gonna look good next to duhon's 15 million though...

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Jack Dunkulous

Neither does Gortat, yet the Magic matched his offer sheet last year.

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

I agree Redick is worth 20 million for 3 years for my Bulls......but he is going to cost Orlando 14 million year one, 14 million year two, and 11 million year three, because of the cap penalty if the Magic match the Bulls offer. That is 39 million over the next 3 years! He doesn't even start for you!

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Mikeyho

Great question, but I don't know the answer yet. I still think it's too early to tell what's going to happen with Gortat, Bass, and others.

@ray

Duhon and Richardson aren't "leftover New York Knicks" trash. That's an uninformed comment. They ARE quality players. Also, can everyone please stop mentioning Carmelo Anthony? He's not coming here.

Next time I speak with Otis, I'll give him your general manager credentials.

@Jack Dunkulous

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Richardson's signing has no bearing on Redick's future. The only thing that Richardson means to the Magic from a personnel perspective is that Barnes isn't coming back. That's it. Richardson does NOT replace both Barnes and Redick. That's not correct. By the way, did you suggest should start Bass at small forward? Umm ... Bass can't play the small forward position to save his life. That suggestion makes no sense, either.

And yes, Orlando is roughly $30 million over the salary cap. The more important number is that the Magic are roughly $15 million over the luxury tax, at the moment. It's not a cap penalty. There is no penalty for being over the salary cap. There is a penalty for being over the luxury tax.

Jack Dunkulous
Jack Dunkulous

This means JJ is now a Bull. Yeah baby!! He will be perfect trailing on the break and as you Orlando fans know he is a better defender than he gets credit for. As good as he is the Magic would be stupid to match. It will cost the Magic 14 mil a year (7 in salary and 7 in cap penalty) in the next 2 years to keep him. It goes beyond the 19-20 million he signed for.

Richardson is a good signing though. He is a pretty good defender and also a good 3 point shooter. He will replace both Redick and Barnes. This should also free up some time playing time for Bass and Anderson. I would probably start Peitrus at the 2 and Bass at the 3, then bring Richardson and Anderson off the pine.

How in the heck are you guys 30 million over the cap? Is that right? I just read that somewhere last night.

ray
ray

i dont get it. we need to stop picking up all this leftover new york knick trash and get quality players. melo and cp3 are the only ones we should consider. we have lots of tradable pieces. Carter, Lewis, Nelson, and Gortat are all expendable. if i was otis smith for a day, i would have the magic as a functioning unit so well that miami heat would fear us more.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

So what about Bass? Is he on the bench, on his way out, or about to play?

Agreed that J.J. is worth keeping. Agreed that Richardson is a cheap, good fit.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Tim James

Richardson can defend, but he's a far superior player offensively Barnes. That's where his true value lies, even though Richardson is a physical defender and has the strength to combat players like Wade, Pierce, and others.

@MagicMark

Richardson is a willing defender, but he has his flaws. At shooting guard, he can be beat by quicker players and at small forward, he doesn't have the length to close out on bigger shooters. Still, Richardson can use his strength to his advantage on defense.

@Bryan

None of those players suck on defense. That's not true at all.

Lewis is untradable, by the way.

@Leo

The Magic are paying to win. Plain and simple.

@Fregonassi

Richardson may start at small forward, actually. And I'd hold my breathe about Vince Carter being traded. It could happen, but it's not a guarantee.

@FarAwayMagicFan

Marginal players? These are moves that Smith has to make. Barnes wanted too much money, so Smith went the economical route and got a cheaper player. In fact, I'd argue that Richardson is a better fit for the Magic than Barnes ... he's an upgrade offensively, and the type of physical wing defender that is needed. When you think about it, Richardson has the strength to combat physical scorers like Wade, Pierce, and others. Richardson has a better chance of slowing down those types of players, rather than Barnes.

Melo isn't coming here.

@hulKK

Actually, Richardson is a small forward. 47 percent of his minutes last year were spent at that position. Richardson's signing means the end of Barnes, not Redick, given that he can step in and start at the 3. Richardson is an average defender, at best. But in the Magic's defensive scheme, he should be okay. The thing is, Richardson is going to help the most on offense because of his ability to shoot the basketball.

Anyone who says that Redick is out the door because of this move doesn't know what they're talking about, to be frank. And Redick IS worth $20 million, when you consider that he is one of the most efficient players offensively in the NBA and is able to help the Magic in a number of ways. Redick is an excellent role player, someone that can start in the league, and worth the money that he got offered by the Chicago Bulls.

hulKK
hulKK

Quentin doesn't play the SF position so he's def. not a replacement for Matt B. AND! Quentin is known for his scoring ability (mostly 3pointers) BUT! he's DEF! known as a defender 1st. So I'm guessing and pretty sure JJ just got replaced for a lot cheaper. Quentin is much bigger, aggressive, better defender then JJ and is just as much a 3point threat as JJ. Mostly he's A LOT better defender then JJ was and he has size. He's extremely tough also and can back down the smaller guards in the post. So either JJ just got replaced (which I'm ok with in this case) OR this is a move for a much bigger trade or something. But I don't see how this will be a trade. Now Orlando has a VERY SOLID back-up Defensive Guard play. I LOVE IT! defense wins games people. PLEASE LISTEN! JJ is a fan favorite, shoot the 3 ball well and has gotten a lot better but he is NOT worth 20MILLION!!!

"Quentin Richardson is not a defender" wtf???????? *smh*

FarAwayMagicFan
FarAwayMagicFan

This is strange. Why is Otis Smith picking up so many marginal players from weak teams in the East? Resigning Matt Barnes makes a lot more sense here. Also we need to concentrating on locking up JJ. He has proven his worth and is a fan favorite. I have all the faith in the world in Mr. Smith, look at what the Magic have become over the past couple of years. I'm excited to see what is going to happen here. This is definately the end of the offseason moves.

My idea would be to go for a home run at this point. Look big at Denver with 'Melo. He hasn't reupped with a contract extension. Package Vince Carter and maybe Daniel Orton or Gortat (As much as it would bother me to see him leave at this point) and see if Denver bites. If so we are looking at Dwight, Rashard, Melo, JJ or Pietrus, and Nelson. Add the bench with Bass, Anderson, Duhon, and the other pieces.

Fregonassi
Fregonassi

Good pick. I don't think he sucks at D. Can't compare him to Nelson, Carter.

Barnes is a better defensive player but Richardson is a better scorer and three point shooter. Also, he rebounds pretty well for his size.

A good backup SF... now I guess Otis will move Carter for a starting wingman and Redick will be the starting 2-guard.

Leo
Leo

Good replacement for Barnes. He is about the same age and he has lost the extra weight he gained in NY. Used to be a decent defender and can shoot the 3.

But the Magic are over 30 million in bench contracts. Thats a ton for a bench.

Bryan
Bryan

He is horrible at D. He can drain 3's though. Wonder what Otis has up his sleeve. I can tell you that Van Gundy would not allow Nelson, Carter, Richardson, and Lewis to all start because they all suck at D. I am thinking we have a trade coming up that involves either Carter or Lewis.

MagicMark
MagicMark

He is definitely more of a scorer than Barnes. I never watched him much so I don't know about his defensive capabilities.

Tim James
Tim James

Analysis tomorrow? You sound like a newspaper columnist!

Is this guy supposed to be a defender type like Matt Barnes? Does that mean Matt is out? I'd like to know what's going on first, and then I'll tune in for the stats breakdown.