Brad Stevens and the Celtics completed their reported trade for the Mavericks’ Josh Richardson on Saturday with the inclusion of recently-acquired center Moses Brown, the team confirmed.
It was originally reported that the move for Richardson would be made using the remaining Gordon Hayward trade exception and that the Mavericks were essentially using the trade as a salary dump and for nothing in return.
That was until Brown was thrown in, of course.
Acquired from Oklahoma City as part of the Kemba Walker deal earlier this offseason, the 7-foot-2 Brown has averaged 7.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 52 career games over two seasons with Portland and Oklahoma City.
Richardson, meanwhile, comes to the Celtics after averaging 12.1 points, 2.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game in 59 appearances for the Mavs in 2020-21. The 27-year-old Richardson was also one of four NBA players to average at least 10 points and one steal per game while shooting at least 91 percent from the free throw line in 2020-21, joining a group featuring superstars Chris Paul, Steph Curry, and Kyrie Irving.
A 6-foot-5 guard, Richardson joins the Celtics with career averages of 12.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and over 30 minutes per night in 373 career games (299 starts) with Miami, Philadelphia, and Dallas over six seasons.
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