Dallas Mavericks most likely to be traded this offseason: 2. Josh Richardson
Richardson has his future in his hands. He could decline his $11.6 million player option and become an unrestricted free agent.
The 6’5 wing has a difficult decision to make before Aug. 1. He is unlikely to get more money than that following two subpar seasons from the 27-year-old, but Richardson slipped way down the Mavs rotation in the playoffs. Does he go for long-term security over a larger one-year deal?
If J-Rich opts in, he is the most likely Maverick to be traded this offseason. NBA teams value 6’5 wings with versatile skillsets. He did not fit in Dallas, but that will not stop others from believing he is the piece they need. Richardson is likely to get a fresh start either way.
It will be interesting to see what trade the Mavs can make featuring J-Rich. They acquired him and a second-round pick for Seth Curry on draft night 2020. The Mavericks would be happy to get some draft capital or a capable rotation piece in return for the 27-year-old.
Expect news on what Josh Richardson plans to do with his player option in the coming days. The Dallas Mavericks could be quick to trade him if he opts in because they will want to use any available cap space to improve their roster in free agency. Richardson’s decision is one of the many things to watch this offseason for Mavs supporters.