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Knicks sign veteran Quentin Richardson for playoff run

Apr 16, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

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We expected the New York Knicks would fill the last empty roster spot they had for the playoffs — not to get any meaningful minutes, but to give the Knicks another practice body and maybe a situation player.

They went with veteran swingman Quentin Richardson. The team announced the signing Tuesday.

We last saw Richardson with the Magic last season, where he played limited minutes and averaged 4.5 points a game on 37.6 percent shooting. The one thing he did well was knock down threes, at a 34.7 percent clip.

Richardson spent four seasons with the Knicks before, 2005-06 to 2009. He was often a starter and back in 2007 averaged 13 points a game.

Why Richardson? Here’s what coach Mike Woodson said, via ESPNNewYork.com.

“It gives us one more perimeter guy that can defend a little bit, that can make shots and space the floor like we play,” Mike Woodson said Tuesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM radio. “I just think it adds to what we’re trying to do.

“We do have a lot of perimeter guys, but my thing has always been whoever plays, you’ve got to make the most out of your minutes. And if we get somebody in the game that’s struggling a little bit, then maybe I can turn to Quentin … to get it done. That’s the reason for bringing him to our ballclub.”

Richardson certainly had some battles defending LeBron James, but let’s not expect that again. Knicks fans, if you’re seeing a lot of Richardson on the court in the playoffs, it will be a bad sign. You’ve got better players already on the roster.

  1. JHathwell - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Am I crazy or didn’t there used to be a deadline for players to sign and still be playoff eligible?

  2. JHathwell - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Never mind. Players who haven’t played in the NBA this season are eligible.

    http://www.hoopsrumors.com/2013/03/playoff-eligibility-for-late-season-signings.html

  3. miamatt - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    It never hurts to have another veteran body on the bench, and Q does look to be a system fit for New York, as coach Woodson said.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Can’t knock the GM of the year for finding guys who can be specialists on defense (obviously for Pierce and LeBron) and knock down an occasional 3 ball. That’s all that is expected of him. Pierce is slower than molasses, and no one can guard LeBron, but at least you have a few more fouls at your disposal. I honestly hope we both hold serve so that we can see a classic series between the Knicks and Heat. It will be fun.

  5. money2long - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    actually PBT, if knicks fans are seeing a lot of Q-rich on the court in the playoffs, it could actually be a good thing in the sense that NY would already have the game in hand !!

  6. 4thquartermagic - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Ha. Look out Heat! The Knicks have Q coming off the bench!

  7. badintent - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    QR>T-mac

  8. dysraw1 - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Q.is definitely a guy who has gotten under Lebrons skin, hope he has something left in the tank.

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