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Here's the problem with the best shooting guard available in free agency. While there's plenty of speculation about where he might go, it's hard to find anything of substance from "sources" and the like. Looks like we'll have to settle for what Jason Richardson himself has to say:
"I've got an appointment to talk to (Orlando coach) Stan Van Gundy," Richardson said. "They're involved. I've heard Chicago (Bulls), Denver (Nuggets), New Orleans (Hornets), Minnesota (Timberwolves) and Boston (Celtics)."
Well that's a pretty good shortlist. There are a few eyebrow-opening teams on there like the Boston Celtics and New Orleans Hornets, as well as the Denver Nuggets.
Why would the Nuggets be interesting? Well it indicates that if they are looking at Richardson, they may be looking at working a sign-and-trade for the shooting guard that the Chicago Bulls covet, Arron Afflalo, after all.
The Nuggets could be looking for a new center and Omer Asik certainly raised a lot of eyebrows with his defensive prowess last year. Coupling him with Kyle Korver would allow the Bulls to to do a sign-and-trade of up to about $10 million for Afflalo and Reinsdorf has said he would be willing to spend into the luxury tax if it meant a team that could contend for a ring.
According to the article, "Richardson does like the idea of joining Chicago, joining players such as Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer. Richardson insists that any animosity Boozer may feel is in the past."
However, Richardson also says:
"I got married over the summer and I live in Denver now," Richardson said. "My family lives there, so playing there would be very convenient. It's also a reason I'm excited about getting to drive this (GMC Sierra). I have a (Mercedes) Benz, but driving around Denver I think I need a truck. I'm going to give it a test drive for a year."
Things that make you go hmmm?
Denver might like the idea of Afflalo over Korver, and who wouldn't? But Afflalo over Korver, Asik and Richardson? That might be another story.