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Dallas Mavericks: 3 most unlikely players to be on next year’s roster

Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Tim Hardaway Jr. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Tim Hardaway Jr. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Josh Richardson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks unlikely to be on next year’s roster: 1. Josh Richardson

The Mavs acquired Josh Richardson and a second-round pick in a 2020 draft-night trade. They sent one of the best shooters in the league to Philadelphia for the defensive piece the organization thought they needed to take the next step. Seth Curry shot 45.0 percent from 3-point range for the Sixers this season, and Richardson played single-digit minutes in Dallas’ final three playoff games.

JRich began the season as a starter but was benched for Tim Hardaway Jr. in the final three regular-season games. His role slowly diminished in the playoffs. It is the second straight subpar season for the talented 27-year-old. He faces an important decision with his $11.6 million player option. Will Richardson get more on the open market after a down season? Does he opt-in?

It is unlikely that Josh Richardson is back with the Dallas Mavericks next season. He wants to be a starter. Even if he opts in, the Mavs will likely look to deal JRich for pieces that better fit their roster. Dallas must improve their perimeter defense and add a capable ball-handler. Richardson struggled to fill either role.

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The Dallas Mavericks will be active and aggressive this offseason as they try to build around Luka Doncic. What moves can they make? Stay tuned to find out.

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