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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.