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Hawks make it official, sign Jason Richardson

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Maybe I'm just on a past-their-prime shooting guard roll today, but I am obligated to announce that the Atlanta Hawks have made it official with the signing of Jason Richardson, per club press release Tuesday evening.

Richardson, last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.9 minutes over 19 games. This was after he missed the entire season before and now, in his Age 35 season, will be asked to provide the veteran leadership lost when Elton Brand wasn't brought back.

He is decidedly below replacement value on the advanced stats scale, having posted an 11 PER and barely above zero win share, but he wasn't bad on the eye test last season in PHL when he wasn't extended in minutes and playing on a back to back. That's not much, but it gives an idea of how the Hawks may plan to deploy Richardson. Break only in case of emergency.

Meanwhile, he'll be a positive player in the locker room and will play the role that Tracy McGrady may have been brought in for four seasons ago, minus the minutes expectations.

EXIT QUESTION: What are your expectations for Jason Richardson as an Atlanta Hawk?