Proposed Trade Sees Ex-Celtics 3-and-D Wing Team Up With LeBron James


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Last season it looked like the Boston Celtics found gold in Josh Richardson before eventually trading him away as part of the package that brought them Derrick White.

During his time with the Celtics, Richardson rebuilt his value as a three-and-D wing capable of carrying offense short distances and blocking opposing wings. During his 44 games with the Celtics, Richardson averaged 9.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 44.3% from the field and 39.7% from perimeter.

According to a recent article by Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz, he posits a deal that could send Richardson to the Los Angeles Lakers to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis, with Talen Horton-Tucker joining the San Antonio Spurs as part of the deal changes.

“Moving Horton-Tucker to a proven three-and-D wing like Richardson immediately makes the Lakers better. The 28-year-old can play and defend multiple positions and averaged 10.2 points last season between the Boston Celtics and the San Antonio Spurs while scoring 41.5 percent from three points. After joining San Antonio, Richardson ranked in the 89th percentile of all players with a plus-7.9 swing rating, according to Cleaning the Glass. Spurs are clearly banking on the 2022-23 season after trading Dejounte Murray, so it’s just smart tanking to switch a veteran like Richardson to Horton-Tucker for a talented 21-year-old,” Swartz wrote.

Richardson impresses in San Antonio

After leaving for Texas at the close of trade, Richardson continued his resurgence, impressing in his 21 games for Greg Popovich’s team, averaging 11.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while starting 7 contests.

Richardson’s arrival might not have been enough to see Spurs break through to the playoffs, but his multi-faceted offense and rigorous on-ball defense were both crucial in propping up a young and inexperienced Spurs bench unit.

So it’s hard to imagine the experienced wing being allowed to leave next season, but as Swartz noted in his article, if Spurs can turn 28-year-old Richardson into a young, high-profile wing like Horten-Tucker, then they could do it be persuaded to sit down at the negotiating table.

Brogdon solves Boston’s wing problem

Since the Celtics traded for Malcolm Brogdon, there has been much debate as to whether he will be the Celtics starting point guard or shooter, or come off the bench to play in one of those positions.

Brogdon stands at 1.80m and plans to be a solid shooting guard alongside White off the bench and it’s a role he has previously excelled in, having served as the primary shooting guard for the first three years of his existence the Milwaukee Bucks was active career.

Sure, there will be times when Brogdon will step in as a backup or starting guard, but overall, his size and goal-scoring ability should see him play more consistently down the wing than he did with the Indiana Pacers — something that could limit the wear and tear on his fragile body.

Regardless of where Brogdon plays, his addition to the team likely means the Celtics aren’t pursuing an additional wing in free hands or via a trade in their $17.2 million TPE, which expires July 18. But if you’re adding off-season is Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari, then overall it’s been a successful off-season.

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