76ers’ Brand on Josh Richardson: He’s one of the best two-way players in NBA

The Philadelphia 76ers have made it official today as the team has acquired Josh Richardson as part of a four-team trade involving Miami, Portland, and the L.A. Clippers.

As part of the deal, Miami acquired Jimmy Butler and Meyers Leonard, Portland received Hassan Whiteside, and the L.A. Clippers obtained Maurice Harkless, the draft rights to Mathias Lessort and a protected first-round pick from Miami.

“We are thrilled to welcome Josh to the 76ers family,” Brand said. “He has worked diligently and improved each season. As one of the NBA’s best young two-way talents, Josh’s ability to space the floor while also effectively guarding multiple positions at an elite level will bolster our lineup immediately. We look forward to seeing Josh’s continued development as we strive to win a championship for the city of Philadelphia.”

The 76ers are getting a very talented player in Richardson. He appeared in 73 games (all starts) for Miami last season, averaging career highs of 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 34.8 minutes per game. For the fourth straight year to begin his career, Richardson increased his scoring, rebounding and assist averages. A career .368 shooter from three-point range, Richardson has connected on 120-plus threes in each of the past two seasons, including a career-high 164 in 2018-19.

Obviously, the 25-year-old Richardson will not be the shooter that JJ Redick was for Philadelphia (signed with Pelicans), but he can shoot the three at a decent clip, and he is a much superior defender. He’s young and should only get better, which is good news for the 76ers.

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