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Quentin Richardson "Making Progress"

After having surgery to repair a disk in his lower back on June 9, wing Quentin Richardson looks like he’s almost ready to return to the court.

“Not being able to work with our training and strength staff has not slowed my rehab, though. Our staff did a great job getting me situated with my physical therapist before the lockout began. So I got all those things set up for me while we were still able to be in contact with them.”

Richardson, 31, said he expects to begin shooting baskets again in about a week.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has the full story here.

Richardson signed a four-year deal worth over $10 million last season. He quickly became Orlando’s starting small forward, but fell out of the rotation after Orlando’s big mid season trade and wound up appearing in just 57 games, starting 19. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game while shooting just 28.8% from beyond the arc, a career-low.

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