After a rather underwhelming 2020-21 campaign with the Dallas Mavericks, Josh Richardson may be on the move as per the latest NBA trade rumors. Richardson joined the Mavs last summer from the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that saw Seth Curry move in the other direction.
Josh Richardson was a regular starter for the Dallas Mavericks for the majority of the season and his presence made a difference on the defensive end. But Tim Hardaway Jr.'s purple patch forced Richardson to the bench and he played a limited role for the Mavs during the postseason.
'Dallas has actively explored trade scenarios involving Josh Richardson, sources said, in the event the swingman opts in to his 2021-22 player option," Fischer wrote.
Josh Richardson has a player option worth $11.6 million for the 2021-22 season. He can opt out and become a free agent, but a sub-par year with the Dallas Mavericks won't help him in free agency.
NBA Trade Rumors: What's next for Josh Richardson and the Dallas Mavericks?
One way or the other, Josh Richardson does not have a future with the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 12.1 points per game last season, his lowest tally since his sophomore year. Richardson also lost his starting spot in the Mavs' lineup.
A change of scenery could help Josh Richardson, but entering free agency might not be his best course of action. He may be able to earn a similar salary if he becomes a free agent now, but he'd be better off proving his value this year to attract larger bids for his services next season.
If Richardson opts in, his eight-figure contract could help the Dallas Mavericks in matching salaries for a trade. The two-way swingman could try to resuscitate his value at a new destination and hit free agency in 2022.
Josh Richardson has until August 1st to exercise his player option. Only time will tell what course of action he'll take.