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Jason Richardson expects to play this season, potentially before All-Star break

Although he hasn't played in an NBA game in almost two years, Jason Richardson remains signed to the SIxers. Despite the widely-held belief that he may stay sidelined for the entire season, Richardson has other intentions.

He was asked by reporters prior to the Sixers' loss to the Celtics Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center if he expected to play this season. Richardson's reply, as relayed by Calkins Media's Tom Moore: "No doubt in my mind."

At 33, the once-high-flying Richardson is not ready to call it a career just yet.

"I'll definitely be back before the All-Star break," he continued, before sliding the timeline up a bit.

"Or January, or maybe even before this year is over with," he added. "I'll see how my body takes all the training and getting ready for it."

Richardson will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, so he would use any time he received with the Sixers this season to show the rest of the teams across the league's landscape that he still has some left in the tank. If he actually does have anything left or not is yet to be seen, but it is always nice to see a once-great player like Richardson get another opportunity. If he is able to play, it certainly couldn't hurt the Sixers to give him some burn.