Rumor: Celtics, Mavs agree to Josh Richardson trade
Just a day after the 2021 NBA Draft concluded, the trades continue to happen throughout the league. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Dallas Mavericks are sending swingman Josh Richardson to the Boston Celtics:
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
As noted, Richardson is exercising his $11.6 million player option for the 2021/22 season. The Tennessee standout was a key piece of the Mavs rotation this past season and will be a nice addition to the Celtics. He averaged 12.1 points while starting 56 of the 59 games he appeared in.
While he did play mostly shooting guard for Dallas, he’s also capable of playing the wing. That’ll most definitely be valuable to Boston, who could use some more depth. It’s also important to note that Marcus Smart does play guard and his future with the Celtics is very unclear at the moment. With that being said, Richardson may be coming in to replace Smart.
Boston needs all the help they can get after a disappointing season where they were knocked out in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Brooklyn Nets. Injuries were also a huge problem, with Jaylen Brown missing the postseason while Jayson Tatum also spent time on the shelf with COVID-19.
This could be the start of a busy offseason for the Celtics.