Quentin Richardson and New York Knicks Agree on Contract

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 16, 2013

NEW YORK - JANUARY 23:  Quentin Richardson #23 of the New York Knicks looks on during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Madison Square Garden January 23, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Grizzlies 108-88. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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With the 2013 NBA playoffs set to begin this coming weekend, the New York Knicks have added another veteran to the mix, agreeing to terms with former Knick Quentin Richardson on Tuesday according to the team's public relations Twitter account:

Richardson, 33, played previously with New York from 2005 to 2009, and most recently for the Orlando Magic. He was waived by Orlando prior to the start of the 2012-13 season. 

The Knicks' roster now features nine players who are 30 or older.

Richardson, who is known for his ability to shoot from beyond the arc, has made 21 career playoff starts and 31 total appearances in the postseason. He played in five playoff games with the Magic last spring before Orlando fell to the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

The 6’6” shooting guard-small forward is a career 35.5 percent shooter from three-point range and a 39.7 percent outside shooter for his career in the playoffs.

Despite struggling in recent seasons, Richardson can still contribute off the bench as a serviceable role player for a championship contending team like the Knicks. His ability to stroke it from deep and play solid one-on-one defense on the other end of the floor makes him a quality acquisition this time of year.

Meanwhile, New York, which is attempting more three-pointers than any other team in the league this season (29 per game), has clinched the No. 2 seed in the 2013 Eastern Conference playoffs, and will boast home-court advantage through the first two rounds of the postseason, and perhaps further depending on how the top-seeded Miami Heat fare this spring.

Richardson averages just over 10 points and nearly five rebounds per game for his NBA career, which began nearly 13 years ago with the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Drafted 18th overall by the Clippers in the 2000 NBA draft, Richardson has played for five different NBA teams since entering the league.


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