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Josh Richardson admits he was caught off guard by Heat trade to Sixers

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Josh Richardson admitted that he was surprised when the Miami Heat traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers. Richardson was sent to the Sixers as part of the four-team trade that sent Jimmy Butler to South Beach. According to Will Manso of Fox Sports, Richardson said that he was “taken off guard” by the sudden move.

But despite being shocked by the trade, Richardson insisted that he holds no grudge against the Heat. The 25-year-old guard said that he owes the Heat a lot for giving him the opportunity to succeed.

“I don’t know if I’d be in the NBA if the Heat hadn’t drafted me and given me a chance,” Richardson said when asked about his thoughts on his four-year stay in Miami. “I’ll forever be grateful.”

Richardson will be joining a retooled Sixers squad, who are expected to become one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference next season. The four-year veteran is expected to start alongside Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid, and newly acquired power forward Al Horford.

The former Tennessee standout, who was drafted 40th overall in 2015, is coming off the best season of his career. He averaged career-highs 16.6 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in 73 games last season.