Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 4/16/13
Last week, the Knicks cut Kurt Thomas and made a point of saying the team only went ahead with the move because of their dire need for an extra healthy body, most notably, a big man.But after waiving Solomon Jones following just two games, such a quick release by the Knicks was alarming to plenty of their fans, given the type of fan-favorite and valuable locker room presence that Thomas was. Sacrificing a player like the two-time Knickerbocker couldn't have simply been for the sake of gaining that extra body for just two games.As fate would have it, plans change. With the returns of Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin, and Marcus Camby in time for the playoffs imminent, New York's most pressing need is no longer for a big man, but for a perimeter player instead.Thus, the Knicks opted to reel in yet another former player...this one, of the Mike D'Antoni era. Shooting guard Quentin Richardson will re-join the team and hope to provide them with a boost throughout the playoffs.Of course, signing a veteran like Richardson at this point and time could make one wonder what the Knicks expect from him. Assuming Chandler, Martin, Camby, and four-minute man Rasheed Wallace are all good to go (enough to be in uniform), the Knicks would be in the unique position of manually selecting which one of their other healthy players will not dress for playoff competition.Though Richardson does have playoff experience, he hasn't played for an NBA team all season. He's likely to get minutes in the Knicks' season finale Wednesday against the Hawks, but clearly, he's not going to be as well-seasoned as New York may prefer.Having said that, will the Knicks value Q-Rich more on their playoff priority depth chart than James White? If most of New York's players are healthy uniform to put a uniform on come this weekend, playoff minutes are going to be more difficult to come by than most think. It'll be interesting to see who the Knicks hold more stock in with regard to Richardson and White. Regardless of who it is, it'll be even more fascinating to see if and how many minutes they end up getting anyway.Especially considering how many players the Knicks stand to get back into their lineup within the coming days, it'd be sensible to realize Richardson will serve as insurance more than anything else. As Wallace's cameo appearance proved on Monday night against Charlotte, nothing is guaranteed when it comes to injured players hitting the hardwood for the first time in a while.It may not matter much and Richardson may not prove to have much of an impact at all, but insurance is good and it's always better to be safe than sorry.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Six teams on upset alert in NFL Week 7

Kevin Durant would ‘love’ to make All-Defensive Team

Looks like Lonzo Ball has something to say

Jose Altuve: ‘I literally love Justin Verlander’

Marshawn Lynch suspended one game for contact with official

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chris Paul could miss a month with knee injury

WATCH: LeBron rejects Giannis at the rim with big block

15 key questions for NFL Week 7

Vin Scully will not make appearance during World Series

Leonard Fournette still not practicing ahead of Week 7

Dusty Baker calls Nationals dismissal ‘hard to understand’

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Houston Astros hold off Yankees, forcing Game 7

Sports & Politics Intersect: Cubs owner up for Heritage Foundation post

The 'Like Mike, only better' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker