Yesterday, the Orlando Magic agreed to terms with free-agent swingman Quentin Richardson. Now, we're scanning the blogosphere for relevant reaction.
Orlando Magic sign Quentin Richardson - OrlandoSentinel.com
Josh Robbins and Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel caught up with Magic coach Stan Van Gundy to get his take on Richardson. Here's what they learned:
"He adds a lot of things for us," Van Gundy said. "He brings us toughness, he's physical, can shoot it deep and can post up."
Richardson to Orlando Means End for Barnes -- NBA FanHouse
Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse reports the contract is for two years. He also spoke to Magic GM Otis Smith about the move, and asked what bearing the Richardson signing had on his decision to match--or not match--the Chicago Bulls' offer sheet to J.J. Redick:
"One has nothing to do with the other,'' Smith said.
In the Sentinel story linked above, Van Gundy says the same thing.
Eddy didn't manage to put together a comprehensive write-up for MagicBasketball.net in time for me to include it in this post, but on Twitter, he said, "Smith did well." Check MBN sometime later today for his full thoughts.
Magic Sign Quentin Richardson: What Does it Mean for Redick & Barnes
Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily says Richardson "is an almost seamless fit" with Orlando, but that it's too early to tell if the move actually improves the team.
Basketball Prospectus | Articles | 2010 Free Agency | The Shooting Guards
In evaluating this summer's crop of free-agent shooting guards, Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus notes that "Richardson's next team will be gambling that he maintains [last season's] level of play rather than slipping back to his mediocre years in New York." This concern is valid. In four seasons with the Knicks, Richardson shot a just-OK 35.4% from three-point range, including 32.2% in the 2007/08 season.
Basketball Prospectus | Articles | 2010 Free Agency | Small Forwards
And here's Pelton on Matt Barnes, whose Magic career is almost assuredly finished:
If Barnes walks from Orlando, which looks likely after the Magic spent a good chunk of its mid-level exception on Chris Duhon, he'll be missed.