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Dallas Mavericks: Is Josh Richardson a long-term answer for the Mavs?

Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

What will it cost the Dallas Mavericks to re-sign Josh Richardson?

Richardson has an $11.6 million player option for next season that he is expected to decline. The 27-year-old will be looking for a higher salary in 2022 and a long-term deal. What will it cost Dallas to keep him?

Multiple teams are expected to have cap space this summer, and the free-agent crop has been depleted by multiple players re-signing with their current squads. Will a team with their sights on contending overpay for JRich? That is impossible to answer with any certainty, so let us try to determine his market value.

Richardson is a unique player. It is difficult to peg a free agent from 2020 to compare him to in hopes of determining a contract. Malik Beasley got four years and $60 million, but he is younger and a better scorer. Jordan Clarkson inked a four-year and $51 million deal, but Richardson is the superior defender. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope received three years and $39 million. It seems likely that the 6’5 wing will get between $13 and $15 million per season on the open market.

Should the Dallas Mavericks be looking to pay that price to sign Josh Richardson to a long-term contract?

Next: Should Mavs re-sign JRich?

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