JASON RICHARDSON SEEKS FOURTH OPINION; NO DECISION YET ON SURGERY
The Sixers also said no decision has been made regarding season-ending surgery, which is contrary to a report from Yahoo! Sports, which earlier Wednesday had declared Richardson out for the season.
Richardson was not with the Sixers, missing his eighth straight game. He was at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, visiting orthopaedic surgeon Jonathan Grashow in seeking a third opinion of his knee. Previously, he had visited knee specialist Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., in addition to receiving a consultation with Sixers team physician Jack McPhilemy.
After the game, a loss to Indiana, Sixers coach Doug Collins said he wasn't aware of Richardson's status.
“I know he's going to be out for a while,” he said. “I don't know. … I haven't been briefed on that. I'm still trying to get through this loss.”
Richardson, in the first year of a three-year deal, was having the worst season of his career, statistically speaking. In 33 games, he was averaging 10.5 points on 40.2-percent shooting in 28 minutes per game, all career lows. Richardson is due more than $12.8 million over the next two seasons, which includes a player option for the 2014-15 season.