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Dallas Mavericks: 3 things they can learn from Josh Richardson trade

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The Dallas Mavericks traded Seth Curry for Josh Richardson and a 2020 second-round pick that turned into Tyler Bey. It was a move that made sense for both sides. The Sixers got an elite floor spacer to flank Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and Dallas upgraded their defense. The move looked like a win-win on paper, but it did not work out that way.

Curry thrived in Philly. He took on a larger ball-handling role and shot 45.0 percent from 3-point range as the Sixers finished with the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference. The 30-year-old guard took his game to another level in the playoffs as he averaged 18.8 points per game on 57.8 percent shooting from the field and over 50 percent on his threes. Things went the other way in Dallas.

Richardson could not regain his 3-point stroke, did not offer the secondary ball-handling he showed in Miami and had his worst defensive season. The 27-year-old fell out of the starting five late in the season and played less than ten minutes in each of the team’s final three postseason games.

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What can Dallas Mavericks learn from Josh Richardson trade?

It is easy to look back and mark the move as a failure, but the Mavs process was sound. They needed to improve their defense to become title contenders, and Josh Richardson seemed like the perfect fit. It did not work out.

Here are three takeaways for the Dallas Mavericks from the Josh Richardson for Seth Curry swap.

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