76ers boost bench with Raptors' Malachi Richardson

NBA.com Global on Feb 07, 2019 08:14 AM
76ers boost bench with Raptors' Malachi Richardson
Malachi Richardson NBA file photo

76ers press release

PHILADELPHIA – FEB. 6, 2019 – Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced today that the team has acquired Malachi Richardson, Toronto’s 2022 second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldžić in a trade with the Raptors.

Richardson has appeared in 22 NBA games for Toronto this season, in addition to 12 contests with the team’s G League affiliate, Raptors 905. Across his 12 G League games, Richardson has averaged 20.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 35.2 minutes.

In the midst of his third NBA season, Richardson was originally selected by Charlotte with the No. 22 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft before being dealt to Sacramento. He’s appeared in 70 career NBA games (four starts) with Toronto and Sacramento, averaging 2.8 points per contest. In 41 G League games (36 starts) over three seasons with Raptors 905 and Reno, Richardson has tallied 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30.1 minutes per game. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, he played one collegiate season at Syracuse before entering the draft, helping lead the Orange to the 2016 Final Four after drawing a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Preldžić was originally selected by Phoenix with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He has played professionally since 2003 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Turkey.

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Raptors press release

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) they have acquired cash considerations from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for guard Malachi Richardson, the draft rights to forward Emir Preldzic and draft considerations.

Richardson appeared in 23 games during two seasons with the Raptors. He was acquired from Sacramento on Feb. 8, 2018.

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