Brad Stevens continued to shake up the Celtics’ lineup on Friday.
Celtics trade for Mavericks goalie Josh Richardson, Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Friday. Boston will drop what’s left of the trade exception it received for Gordon Hayward in 2020 in commerce. To make the exchange work, Richardson is resuming his $ 11.6 million player option for the 2021-22 season.
Richardson, 27, has just finished a season in which he struggled to shoot for Dallas. After being traded before the start of the season, Richardson scored 12.1 points per game while shooting 42.7% from the field and 33% from 3 points.
While Richardson’s shooting was poor in Dallas, his defensive ability was praised there and in his previous saves in Philadelphia and Miami.
Drafted by the Heat in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft, Richardson played the first four seasons of his career in Miami. Richardson’s best season arguably came in 2018-19. He scored a career-high 16.6 points per game while shooting 35.7% of the territory to 3 points on 6.3 attempts per game. He also showed some ability as a playmaker, averaging 4.1 assists per game that year.
Richardson’s stay in Miami came to an end after the 2018-19 season when the Heat traded him to the 76ers for Jimmy Butler. Richardson scored 13.7 points per game in Philadelphia but was traded to Dallas for Seth Curry after a year.
The trade with the Mavericks comes hours after it was announced that Boston would trade Tristan Thompson to Sacramento and get Kris Dunn from Atlanta. It’s also their third trade of the offseason, the first being the deal that sent Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City for Al Horford and Moses Brown.
The Celtics could still be busy commercially. The Celtics could look to move Dunn in a separate exchange, The Boston Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach a rapporté.
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