Former Tennessee basketball player Josh Richardson is on the move at the trade deadline as the San Antonio Spurs sent him to the New Orleans Pelicans for Devonte’ Graham and four future second round draft picks.
Being moved at the trade deadline is starting to become a yearly tradition for the shooting guard as the Boston Celtics traded him to San Antonio at the deadline a season ago.
Playing in 42 games to this point in the season, Richardson is averaging 11.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Richardson has matched his offensive production from most seasons in his career despite taking a step back shooting from the perimeter. The former All-SEC guard is shooting 35% from three-point range after shooting 41% last season.
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While Richardson had personal success in San Antonio, his move to New Orleans puts him back on a competitive team with aspirations in the playoffs.
San Antonio’s 14-42 record in the third worst in the NBA while the Pelicans are currently the seven-seed in the Western Conference with 29-27 record. There’s massive parity in the Western Conference and New Orleans is only one game out of fourth place.
Richardson has been a true journey man in his eight-year NBA career. After playing his first four seasons with Miami, Richardson has spent two years in Philadelphia and time in Boston, Dallas, San Antonio and now New Orleans. Still playing at a strong level, Richardson likely has multiple years ahead of him barring injuries.
Love Josh. My favorite VFL since the Earnie & Bernie days.