Toronto Raptors release Quentin Richardson

May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Quentin Richardson (55) reacts after making a three point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won the game 105-79. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

In what was an expected move, the Toronto Raptors said good-bye to Quentin Richardson two months after getting him along with Marcus Camby and Steve Novak. Oh, and they did get a few picks too.

It was expected because the Raptors are a rebuilding, or really, young team. With Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Terrence Ross, and Austin Daye fighting for wing minutes, Quentin, who appeared in just six games with the Knicks last season, was not needed. The Raptors would rather develop the young talent they have.

Hey, I guess Q-Rich still has some game left. He might be able to find a contender interested in his still solid three-point shooting. Problem is, his serious knee injury has kept him out of a lot of game action in recent years. And, at 33, he may not get another chance unless it’s the contending thing I talked about.

He’s had a solid career although he’s moved around a lot too. Known for his three point shooting…and…actually that’s about it. He’s never been the defender to rely on. Inside the arc is not his specialty. Yeah, he made a career out of shooting. At least his did it well.

Lots of NBA careers end when the knees are done. That makes sense. Sports medicine can do but so much before mother nature has the final say.

Topics: Quentin Richardson, Toronto Raptors

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