According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Josh Richardson has been traded to the Boston Celtics after he opted in to his player option.
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.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 31, 2021
His colleague John Hollinger notes that this is a one way trade, with Boston able to absorb Richardson into the trade exception generated from the Gordon Hayward trade to the Charlotte Hornets last year.
It seems Dallas will create a trade exception of their own, per Bobby Marks
Sources confirm that Boston is acquiring Josh Richardson with their $11M trade exception. Because the salary for Richardson jumps to $11.6M in 2021/22, the trade will get finalized on Saturday. The Mavericks will create a $10.9M trade exception as part of the deal.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 31, 2021
Despite starting 56 games and playing over 30 minutes a game, Richardson never found a comfortable role. He scored 12 points and dished 2.6 assists per game, but managed to shoot a pedestrian 33% from distance. Hardcore fans will remember long streaks of games where he shot in the 20’s from three.
His initial role was thought to be that of a defensive stopper but never got much of a chance. Towards season’s end, Richardson ended up on the bench and played little in the playoffs compared to the regular season.
This move now opens up a true max slot for the Mavericks to pursue a free agent. More to come as we learn new information.