Yay we called one! Celtics finalizing deal to acquire Josh Richardson from the Mavs
The Dallas Mavericks are finalizing trading G/F Josh Richardson to the Boston Celtics, sources tell @TheAthletic@Stadium. Richardson is exercising his $11.6 million player option for the 2021-22 season for the deal.
I wrote a lot about Richardson 3 days ago, so feel free just to click the following link and learn why Josh could return to the promising player he was in Miami with the personel that the Celtics have.
Much of what is being said in these tweets about a "Plan B" after Fournier and if Richardson opted in, C's could potentially get him as simply a salary dump if the remaining Hayward TPE covered things was in the article 3 days ago. Feel like this might be my chance to apply for that open GM position that Stevens said last night he hasn't interviewed anyone for yet. (And in case you're new to Celtics Life, that's sarcasm. Calm down.)
Strike that, if Richardson opts in and is traded during the 2020-21 season, his salary from last year fits into Hayward TPE
Thinking the acquisition of Richardson makes it more likely Dunn is rerouted by opening night. Richardson works with point guards in the shooting mold of a Pritchard. Awkward fit with Dunn. Unless you never play them simultaneously, which I suppose is an option. Stevens isn't done yet. Expect either Fournier to re-sign or another name player to be added. Not a superstar, but a very good player.
Also of note, new Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is familiar with Josh Richardson from his time as a Philly assistant coach for the 2019-20 season.
Per a league source, this is essentially a salary dump for Dallas. They wanted to open up the cap room. Celtics get a useful wing coming off a down year.
And here's the answer to how the remaining Hayward TPE worked for Richardon's deal. Due to the timing of the trade this still counts as the 2020-21 NBA season, so Josh's smaller salary sneaks just in under the the $11 mil TPE.
If it’s completed before the new league year starts, Richardson’s salary is still on the books as $10.8m which fits in the Hayward TPE
Ppl are focusing on the defensive upgrade, but this team's passing was abysmal last season. Horford & Richardson are both plus passers for their positions & Dunn is a very good one. Not bad before FA has even began