The last time we heard from Jason Richardson, his surgically-repaired knee was still giving him issues more than a year after he underwent surgery for a cartilage tear back in February 2013.
While Richardson's dream of suiting up last season never came to fruition, it was all but certain that he'd give it another go with the 76ers by exercising his player option for 2014-15. Sure enough, according to a tweet earlier today from Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, Richardson did indeed opt into the final year of his deal, guaranteeing him a payout of $6.6 million next season.
Despite the fact that he's the only true shooting guard currently under contract for the Sixers, it's hard to envision Richardson as anything more than a glorified player/coach going forward. The 33-year-old veteran hasn't played in a game since January 18, 2013, and given the Sixers' youth movement, Richardson doesn't to figure to see many minutes if and when he is able to return to the court.
During most of Richardson's tenure with the Sixers, he's been about as memorable as Ann Veal in "Arrested Development" (Ann? Her?). That said, he does have some value to the team thanks to his expiring deal. The 76ers are more than capable of absorbing salaries in a trade, and the single year left on J-Rich's contract can be used as a sweetener in either a draft day or a deadline swap.