Jason Richardson is an unrestricted free agent this season, and while the Orlando Magic have sent signals that make it seem like they would like to re-sign the veteran shooting guard, anything is possible during the lockout-shortened offseason. Richardson is now on the wrong side of 30, but he's still able to put the ball in the basket.
Richardson might not be the best shooting guard in the NBA, but the Orlando Magic swingman is the best shooting guard that isn't restricted on the market today. That ranking, by the way, is courtesy of Tom Ziller from his post featuring the top NBA free agents.
Shocker: J-Rich's production dramatically dropped when he moved from a team with Steve Nash at point guard to one with Jameer Nelson and Gilbert Arenas. Had Richardson remained in Phoenix all season, he might be a bit higher on this list despite his age. In addition to being an efficient above-average scorer, he's a good defender and a solid defender.
Getting him for the mid-level would be a coup for a team on the edge or in the middle of contention. The Dallas Mavericks could be a stellar fit; the Chicago Bulls would be much improved with J-Rich available at shooting guard and small forward.
The Bulls have indicated that they are interested in signing Richardson, too, but it's unclear exactly what they're willing to pay to upgrade their wing positions. If they're willing to overlook some of Richardson's deficiencies, he might be the answer to pushing the Bulls over the hump once and for all.