Whenever you can’t tell who the best player on a team is, that’s usually not a good thing. The Orlando Magic won’t be very good this year. And Quentin Richardson won’t be employed by them either. He could be a nice pick up for some team.
The Orlando Magic made three moves Saturday that enabled them to keep their most athletic player. By waiving wing Quentin Richardson, combo forward Justin Harper and wing Chris Johnson, the team created a space for undrafted rookie DeQuan Jones, an explosive wing who offers potential as a defender. The roster moves took on a symbolic significance, too. In cutting Richardson and Harper, the new-look Magic front office severed yet more vestiges of the Otis Smith era — but not without a lingering cost.