Jason Richardson to re-sign with the Orlando Magic
Otis Smith announced during his Dwight Howard Mania Mini Press Conference that the Magic and Jason Richardson are close to coming to terms to bring him back to Orlando. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported the deal to be for 4 years and $25M. Otis said he expected the terms of the deal to be finalized by Monday.
Richardson came to the Magic last season from the Phoenix Suns in the mid-season mega trade that shipped Vince Carter out and brought J-Rich and Hedo Turkoglu to the team. In 55 games with the Magic last season Richardson averaged 13.9 ppg and 4 rpg. For his career, he is an 18 ppg scorer. Jason turns 31 at the end of January.
When Otis was asked if he thought Richardson would be here to stay or used as a potential trade piece, he quickly responded that he would be around for awhile. Despite his reduction in scoring after coming over from the Suns, Stan Van Gundy was always quick to praise his work ethic and abilities.
The Magic would likely have been unable to re-sign Jason Richardson if Gilbert Arenas hadn’t been amnestied. The tax savings from Gil’s huge contract allows the Magic to spend on others and shows that they certainly aren’t trying to slash payroll.