Thing Dallas Mavericks wish they could redo: 3. J-Rich trade
Draft night 2020 was not the best night for the Mavs. They missed on the Green selection before pulling off a trade during the second round that sent Seth Curry to the Sixers for Josh Richardson and second-round selection Tyler Bey. Bey spent less than a year on the roster, and he did not play in the NBA last season, so it was basically Curry for Richardson straight up.
The Mavs traded one of the best 3-point shooters in the league for a more well-rounded player. They were hoping J-Rich would improve their perimeter defense and playmaking, while still being able to stretch the floor.
Richardson struggled in his lone season with the Mavericks as he averaged 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.0 steal in 30.3 minutes per game. The 6’5 wing made just 33.0 percent of his 3-pointers, and he never quite found his place in Dallas.
The Mavs traded Richardson in the 2021 offseason for Moses Brown and a trade exception. Brown is no longer on the roster, and Dallas did not use the trade exception, which shows fans how much they wanted J-Rich off their roster.
Seth Curry has plenty of value across the league, and the Dallas Mavericks certainly wish they would have capitalized by acquiring a difference-making role player in this trade. It was the right idea, but the wrong execution.