Josh Richardson says goodbye to Heat
Josh Richardson is reportedly headed to the Philadelphia 76ers in a sign-and-trade deal involving Jimmy Butler, so the guard wanted to send one last message to Miami Heat fans.
The Heat drafted Richardson with the 40th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and watched the rugged defender turn himself into one of the best two-way players in the league.
The fans in South Beach are going to miss Richardson and Josh will forever be grateful to the Heat and their loyal fans:
Miami, thank you. Thank you for giving this kid and opportunity that otherwise I’m not sure he would have gotten. Thank you to the coaches and my teammates.. Thank u to the fans for embracing me.. my years there have been great and i will never forget you guys.. always love.! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/MOxuW6xKWH
— Josuélito (@J_Rich1) July 2, 2019
Richardson finished his Heat career with averages of 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 259 games while shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free-throw line. Miami rewarded Richardson with a four-year, $42 million contract extension in the summer of 2017.
This past season for the Heat, Richardson put up 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Miami didn’t want to move Richardson for Butler at the beginning of the 2018-19 season when Jimmy requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra, though, are big fans of Butler and couldn’t let the opportunity to acquire him again pass them by.
Richardson is now joining a Sixers team which has a really good shot at winning the Eastern Conference next season. Their core is headlined by Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris.
The Sixers, along with Richardson, also added All-Star big man Al Horford.