Veteran guard Jason Richardson gets an opportunity to extend his NBA career. Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday signed him to a non-guaranteed contract, according to ESPN.
34-year-old Richardson didn’t play for more than two years since a knee injury sidelined him in January 2013. He staged his return on February 20 this year and played 19 games for the Philadelphia 76ers. Richardson averaged 9.1 points, that earned him a deal at Hawks to prolong his career.
Tracing the path of Richardson
Fit and healthy, Richardson can be an effective scorer.
Richardson will receive a $1.45 million veterans minimum for the training camp with the Atlanta Hawks. For the veteran guard, this is an opportunity to make it to the Hawks’ roster.
He has a pretty decent career, having featured in 14 NBA seasons. The veteran guard averages 17.1 points and five rebounds per game throughout his career. In 2005-06 season, he set career-high with 23.2 points per game with Golden State Warriors. Richardson had three seasons, during which he averaged 20-plus points per game.
Richardson also had stints at Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magics. He also retained 17.1 points per game average in his 37 post-season games.
Whether the Hawks’ gamble on the veteran guard will work or not depends on Richardson’s fitness, which has considerably improved since his return on February 20 with the Sixers.