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.
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