J-Rich Could Leave Magic This Summer Via Free Agency According to Reports

Orlando Magic shooting guard Jason Richardson has done quite a bit of traveling during his career in the NBA. J-Rich recently completed his tenth campaign in the Association and has played for four different teams. The 30-year old former Michigan State player started in the NBA playing for the Golden State Warriors and was with that club for his first six seasons. However since the 2007-2008 campaign Richardson has played for the Charlotte Bobcats who subsequently traded him to the Phoenix Suns. This year J-Rich was sent to the Magic in a multi-player deal that also brought Hedo Turkoglu back to Orlando.

According to the “Orlando Sentinel” Richardson could be on the move once again this summer as he becomes a Free Agent and the Magic may not have room under the salary cap to retain him. The paper reports that the Magic could only offer the veteran the mid-level exception which will be between five to six million dollars. It would be a major cut in pay for the guard as he reportedly earned $14.4 million for  the recently completed campaign. Magic General Manager Otis Smith told reporters “We like J-Rich, but we don’t know what’s going to happen this summer.”

That may not be enough money to keep Richardson in a Orlando uniform for next season. If Richardson does leave via Free Agency either J.J. Redick or Gilbert Arenas are expected to fill his slot in the starting lineup. Richardson has averaged 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8  assists in his NBA career.

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