Stan Van Gundy has found his replacement for Rasheed Wallace.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, thirteen year veteran Quentin Richardson will fill the player development and mentoring role on head coach Stan Van Gundy’s staff.
Stan Van Gundy plans to hire Quentin Richardson in a player development/mentoring staff job for Detroit, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 7, 2014
Better known around the league as “Q”, Richardson’s career came to a close before the start of last season, when he was waived by the Raptors after the team acquired him in a trade with the Knicks.
Richardson averaged 10 points per game during his NBA career, which included stops in New York, Miami, Phoenix, and Orlando. Richardson was drafted by the Las Angeles Clippers, and averaged a career high 17 points per game during the 2003-04 season.
The shoot first guard played for Stan Van Gundy during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
As funny as it sounds, Richardson was known for his perimeter defense on Stan Van Gundy’s squads in Orlando. He will play a prominent role on the floor in practices on teaching defensive terminology. It’s assumed that he will also play a role in player/coach relations.
Detroit Piston fans still seem to be upset that Van Gundy decided to go with a player like Richardson over keeping former Piston forward Rasheed Wallace, who served the same role last season for John Loyer and Maurice Cheeks.
Richardson will have a lot of help in his role in player-development from the front office. Not only will Stan Van Gundy steer him in the right direction, but recently hired assistant GM Brian Wright will also serve as a good tool for Richardson.
Last season in Orlando, Wright oversaw the Magic’s player development department.