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Richardson says winning matters most, of course it does

Jul 14, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Orlando’s Jason Richardson is officially a free agent, you can tell because he has now said what every free agent is compelled by some law of nature to say.

It’s not about the money, it’s about winning. It’s never about the money. Why would you even think that?

Anyway, here is the quote, via the Saginaw News (which caught up with him at a golf tournament).

“I want to go to a great place for my family,” Richardson said. “I’ve been blessed by God to play in the NBA for a lot of money. I’d like to go someplace that has a chance to win a championship.”

Richardson is at the “I want a ring” stage of his career, so maybe he really means it. As Zach Lowe pointed out at Sports Illustrated, if he really is willing to play for less money, Richardson could fit as the third or fourth option on a contending team. His skills are deteriorating, he is not a number two guy on an elite team anymore. But he could find a role on the right team.

Can you picture Richardson as the two guard in Chicago? As Kobe’s backup in Los Angeles? As one of the 1,532 veterans playing a role for Dallas? A backup for Ray Allen and Paul Pierce in Boston? Returning to Orlando? Coming off the bench in Miami? As the two guard for the Knicks?

All of those are potentially good fits — and every one of those teams very likely will be at or over whatever the new salary cap looks like. They are not going to be able to pay much if anything.

So we’ll see how committed Richardson really is to winning, he will be in demand. But he’s going to take a steep pay cut to do it. (He’s going to take a steep pay cut anyway, but there may be larger offers.)

  1. redbear18 - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    I think Chicago would be a great fit for Chicago.

    • passerby23 - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. All Chicago needs is a respectable shooter and perimeter scorer and they are championship-calibre. Boston is a good fit too.

      He would help the Knicks, but not enough to push them to championship level.

    • blueintown - Jul 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      Not sure if Chicago would be interested in Chicago. ZING!

  2. amitko - Jul 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    What exactly do you expect him to say besides the hackneyed lines ? Your trademark “biting sarcasm” is hopelessly ineffectual here and can’t really create a story where there isn’t one.This is you rehashing the same nonsensical article for the umpteenth time.
    Saying that ” Oh he is just toeing the party line, lets see if he can back it up ” gives us no real information , let alone insights. So, what purpose does this article serve ?

  3. downtowndanny - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    a guy that can create his own shot, D Rose is somewhere smiling……

  4. wiLQ - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    How about a list of starters who actually joined a contender?
    And which players did the opposite and signed with inferior teams?

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