Josh Richardson 'forever grateful' to Heat

NBA.com Global on Jul 03, 2019 11:40 AM
Josh Richardson 'forever grateful' to Heat
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Josh Richardson's time with the Miami Heat has reportedly come to an unexpected end with the four-team sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler, but there are no hard feelings from the four-year veteran.

"I was taken off guard," Richardson told WPLG Local 10 News Sports Director Will Manso, of his trade to the Philadelphia 76ers. "Once I talked to coach, I was really excited ... I don't know if I'd be in the NBA if the Heat hadn't drafted me and given me a chance. I’ll forever be grateful."

Manso also interviewed Derrick Jones Jr. -- who was reportedly included in an unsuccessful three-team version of the trade -- and Bam Adebayo who are adjusting to an on-the-fly roster revamp that ultimately also included Hassan Whiteside moving to Portland.

Adebayo mentioned being with Richardson as the swingman found out he'd been dealt, which proved bittersweet even as Whiteside's exit clears a path for Adebayo to build further upon a strong finish to his second season with the Heat. After the All-Star break, the 6-foot-10 big averaged 11.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks in just 26.0 minutes across 26 games.

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