Boston Celtics

Mar 3, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Richardson (0) dunks the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Richardson has yet to play a game for the Boston Celtics.

But that didn’t stop Brad Stevens & Co. from inking the recent pickup to a one-year extension that will now pay him $24 million over the next two seasons, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Per Charania, Richardson opted into the 2021-22 season at his $11.6 million prior to his trade from the Mavericks to the Celtics, meaning this extension will come in at $12.4 million in 2022-23.

Acquired from the Mavs in exchange for the remaining Gordon Hayward trade exception and with center Moses Brown later added to the trade to complete the move, Richardson comes to the Celtics after averaging 12.1 points, 2.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game in 59 appearances last year.

The 27-year-old was also one of four 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 stars 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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Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.

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