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Report: Quentin Richardson won’t play for the Raptors either

Jul 18, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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When veteran big man Marcus Camby was scheduled to head to Toronto as one of the pieces the Knicks gave up to acquire Andrea Bargnani, we knew almost immediately that he wasn’t going to play for the Raptors.

Camby isn’t looking to finish out a career that’s lasted 17 NBA seasons by playing for a team that will struggle to make the playoffs, and it made sense to settle for a buyout with several contenders interested in his services.

One of the other players the Knicks sent over in the same trade is also not expected to play in Toronto, though the reasons are a little bit different.

From Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:

Quentin Richardson, also acquired in the deal, will not play for the Raptors either. The team will either trade or waive him, given its glut on the wings.

Richardson isn’t a major factor on the court anymore, but the fact that only one of the three players the Knicks sent to Toronto (Steve Novak) will end up suiting up for the team this season just proves further what this deal was all about for the Raptors.

Bargnani wasn’t only a bad fit in Toronto due to his overvalued contract in relation to his level of production, he was a symbol of the way the front office had mismanaged the roster for years. New GM Masai Ujiri made it his first order of business to rid the team of that reminder, and did so successfully by netting a 2016 first-round pick, and second-round picks in 2014 and 2017 in the exchange.

  1. kevinravens1 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    This just proves how much the raptors suck, but you gotta love Masai

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      To be fair, I think that the steps they’ve taken this offseason so far are good ones. They’ve not really had a clear “direction” the last few years, but Masai seems to have a coherent plan for what he’s looking to do.

      • missthemexpos - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        You hit the nail on the head, Raptors for years now have looked like a rudderless ship.

    • mannyochoa - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      I agree. Masai has made smart decision , considering the resources he inherited. He is not reckless in his decisions.

  2. gaysgo2hell - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    As if the raptors wanted him…

  3. micknangold - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Yeah way to get a 1st rounder 3 years from now. Sweet deal!

    • av416 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Your a clown. A first rounder 30 years from now would’ve been a great deal for Andrea, guys softer than Chris Bosh. I hope this hate towards Toronto from players stems from their view of the organizational make up and not because they don’t want to live in Toronto. Beautiful city, and is the 4th largest in North America. I know the tax rate is steep, but Quentin Richardson get over yourself like lets get real here.

    • bougin89 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Isn’t it clear that the value in this trade for the Raptors was getting rid of Bargnani’s contract? The 2016 1st round pick was icing on the cake. This was a good trade for the Raptors.

  4. rj2323 - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Heat or thunder

  5. cmart0907 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. I kinda feel bad for all the smaller market teams in the NBA. If you’re not Miami , Los Angeles , New York , Chicago , Houston or any of the other big cities you will not get a NBA star. Nobody wants to sign with the Bucks , Kings , Bobcats , Raptors , Dallas ( mark cuban) , Portland ( Lamarcus says its too small). Believe it or not the NBA is going downhill. I kinda feel bad for these teams bringing their organization down.

    • boltokmymaster - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Nope. You’re wrong.

    • mickdamill - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Since when arent Milwaukee, Toronto, Charlotte, Dallas and Portland big cities?

    • fm31970 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Not so fast. The Tax Payer repeater penalties are now getting ridiculous, so one more year and things will really start to level out. It will never totally level out, I’ll admit, but the Heat will not stay as they are beyond this season, and the Lakers- THE LAKERS – are dumping salary and players to pay less tax (Ron Artest). It will happen, and it will be better for the NBA. Small markets can be prime free agent destinations (Durant is doing just fine with his endorsements, no?), but they can be attractive if teams draft well and make smart personnel decisions. Not easy, but it can happen.

      Back to the topic, would anybody sign Q-Rich to anything other than the league minimum?

  6. kingjoffrey19 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Not sure what the write was suggesting when he said this further proves what this deal was all about for the raptors. Personally I think this was a great deal. Bargnani is god awful and his stock is as low as it will ever be. It was clear that Bargnani would not be with the team next year and when this trade was made it was all but assumed that both Camby and Q-Rich wouldn’t ever play for the Raps.

    Steve Novak and 3 picks plus a LOT of cap space for Bargnani….I’ll gladly take that.

    Hope New York enjoys this soft big man…… I am sure he will look great alongside Carmelo

  7. gogatorsjohn - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I think it’s getting better where ‘small’ market teams are in play. Houston got Howard and they have Harden. Knicks will probably be bad in 3 years unless they get Lebron and dump Anthony by then.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      wtf are you talking about the Knicks being bad in 3 years, you can say that about
      many other teams you jerk off!

  8. dezglobal - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    They should change their name and move the team to Las Vegas.

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