Dec 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson (23) is defended by Atlanta Hawks guard Louis Williams (3) during the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Hawks 99-80. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Richardson making a return to Charlotte?

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We are getting closer to the NBA off-season and free agency period, where the Charlotte Hornets are looking to improve their team and build off of last years success.

A lot of different rumors have been swirling around as to who the Hornets might pursue. From Carmelo Anthony, to Lance Stephenson, and even Chandler Parsons. One cheaper option for the Hornets is someone who once played for the Bobcats, current Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson.

Richardson spent one season in Charlotte, scoring 21 points per game that season with the Bobcats. Jason Richardson isn’t the same player anymore, but he can still contribute off the bench. Not only is he not that kind of player anymore, but he’s also a lot older, and maybe more willing to sign for a cheap contract, which would be beneficial for the Hornets.

The Philadelphia 76ers are in rebuilding mode, that is a nice way to describe their train wreck of a season last year. They have two 1st round draft picks (3rd and 10th overall) and are looking to build their team around a core of young players. Where does Jason Richardson fit in all of this? He doesn’t.

J-Rich has a $6.8 million dollar player option, so it is ultimately his decision. He might not be able to get that much money from another team, but will he take a pay cut to play for a better, more established team? Richardson fits exactly what the Charlotte Hornets need, a shooter off the bench. If he is available on the free agent market, the Hornets should pounce on him.

What do you think Hornets fans? Should the team pursue Jason Richardson in free agency? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below.

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