Jason Richardson is one of the few big name players becoming free agents this off-season. He was one of the best three point shooters in the league last season, connecting on 39% of his tries. While the Magic might bring him back, they seem to be indicating that they will let him walk during the off-season. Though not the same electrifying player he was when he was in his prime, he can still be a valuable addition to many teams. Here are five potential places Richardson could end up next season.
The Chicago Bulls had an incredible regular season winning 62 games, but the lack of a second go to scorer other than Derrick Rose showed during the conference finals against the Miami Heat. The Bulls are considered a good shooting guard away from legitimate contention. Jason Richardson would fill that hole.
Richardson would provide Rose with a second wing player to pass the ball to who can create his own shot and knock down the three-pointer. He, along with Rose and Luol Deng would create a formidable backcourt trio that not many teams would be able to match.
The Dallas Mavericks just won the NBA Championship, but they have a lot of key free agents to try and bring back for another title run. Should the Mavs lose Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, JJ Barea or any combination of the three to free agency, Richardson would be an ideal addition to this team. He would replace Butler in the starting lineup should he leave, start at the two moving Butler to the three, or add to the team's depth which would make them an unbelievably deep team. He would also provide one of the best three-point shots in the league. He would also take pressure off Dirk Nowitzki as a legitimate second scorer.
Could Jason Richardson make a return to Golden State? A Monta Ellis trade seems inevitable. Should the Warriors trade him for Andre Iguodala, signing Jason Richardson would be a huge addition that would probably get the Warriors into the playoffs.
The backcourt would consist of Stephen Curry, Reggie Williams, Jason Richardson, Dorell Wright, and Andre Iguodala. The frontcourt would feature David Lee, Andris Biedrins, Lou Amundson, and Ekpe Udoh. That is a very formidable team. Dorell Wright would likely be moved to the bench but he would team up with Udoh and Williams to form a good trio coming off the bench.
This team would light it up on the offensive end and with Iguodala, they would definitely improve on the defensive end as well.
With David West opting out of his contract, the Hornets find themselves in a bad situation trying to convince Chris Paul to stay in New Orleans. The team will need to find legitimate pieces to put around CP3, and Richardson could be one of those.
He is a proven scorer with playoff experience, and he is a knock down three-point shooter. He would fill the need at shooting guard, and would form a good trio consisting of CP3, Richardson, and Trevor Ariza.
The Hornets would still have to acquire a legit power forward and bolster their bench, but signing Richardson would be a step in the right direction.
The Knicks are on the verge of being a legitimate contender. The team basically traded all of their depth away to acquire superstar Carmelo Anthony and point guard Chauncey Billups. Landry Fields is a solid two guard but signing Richardson would be a terrific upgrade. He would be an excellent fit with Mike D'antoni's system as he is a good athlete would can finish at the rim and knock down the three-pointer in transition. He could either start in front of Fields, or be the team's sixth man instantly dramatically improving the team's depth.
These are five teams that could potentially sign Richardson to dramatically improve their team. What do you think?