Magic alums Richardson, McGrady back in NBA

Two former Magic players who have been out of the NBA all season have found homes and will play in the Playoffs this year.

The Spurs signed Tracy McGrady for the remainder of the season after the former all star spent the season in the Chinese Basketball Association, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. The Knicks also added Quentin Richardson, whom the Magic waived in training camp last October.

Both players will be eligible for the postseason as they have not played in the NBA at all this season and are thus not restricted by the March 1 roster deadline for the Playoffs.

With San Antonio waiving Stephen Jackson last week, the Spurs needed a small forward to fill in some of those minutes. San Antonio has had various injuries too with Manu Ginobili sitting out some time and now Boris Diaw missing time too. McGrady figures to be a big contributor for the Spurs this postseason.

He spent the year in China in the CBA where he averaged 25.0 points per game, 5.1 assists per game and 7.2 rebounds per game for the Qingdao Tigers. They failed to make the Playoffs, however McGrady was named to the league's All-Star team.

Richardson was set to be a member of the Magic this year as he had two years remaining on a $10.1 million, 4-year deal.  DeQuan Jones had a big preseason and the Magic had to make the difficult decision to waive Richardson and bight the bullet of the remaining two years and $5.4 million on his contract. Orlando will still be paying that.

Richardson did not play basketball anywhere before signing with the Knicks this year. He will be an instigator for New York as the team goes up against Boston in the first round and hopes to meet up with Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals. Richardson has a history with both Paul Pierce and LeBron James. He will not be afraid to mix things up. That appears to be what the Knicks want from him.

It is hard to tell what else he can bring.

The Magic will be happy to have these alums playing in the Playoffs this year.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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