Despite injuries and overall decline, Jason Richardson isn’t ready to retire just yet. Despite not being exactly in the mold of the recent prototypical Philadelphia 76ers player, he wouldn’t mind staying there another year.
Richardson joined the 76ers in 2012, part of the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. He missed the entire 2013-2014 season because of a left knee injury, and played only 19 games for them this season, coming back on February 2015.
So despite playing just 52 games overall in the last three seasons and averaging 9.1 points per game (in 21.9 minutes a night) on a terrible, tanking team, Richardson still feels he has more to give.
There’s way more to go. This was just getting back to show people that I could still move. But the summer’s going to be big for me, getting my rhythm back, shooting, getting my knee stronger, and knowing that I’ll be ready coming into training camp. I actually will have a lot more time to work on my game than I normally do in the summertime.
I wouldn’t mind coming back here. I really like the guys that are here, the players that are here. Coach Brown is one of my favorite coaches of all time. I love what they’re doing here, going in the right direction. It all depends on management. We’ll see how it goes.
The two-time slam dunk competition champion who has been to the playoffs only four times in his 14-season career is coming off a year in which he made $6.6 million a season is clearly going to make nothing more than the veteran’s minimum next year, if he actually manages to land on a team at all. While players at his age are usually about finding a contender to fill a small role with, Richardson might simply have to settle for anyone willing to sign him.