Now add Josh Richardson to the list of Celtics who agreed to an extension. From Shams Charania of The Athletic.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 23, 2021
Richardson had an $11.6 million player option for this coming season he had already picked up before the trade from Dallas, this is a standard raise off of that for one more season, the 2022-23 campaign.
This is a bet on Richardson bouncing back after a couple of down seasons in Philadelphia and Dallas, he averaged 12.1 points a game last season with the Mavs. With Evan Fournier gone to New York, Richardson will have a healthy role on the wing and bring even more switchable defense a roster with Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum. Richardson shot 42.7% overall last season — right at his career average — and 33% from 3. If his 3-point shooting returns to closer to his Miami numbers, then two years of Richardson at $24 million is a good deal.
Richardson also makes a very tradable salary number, either on its own or paired with someone like Al Horford (who is only partially guaranteed for the 2022-23 season) in a swap to bring in a bigger star. Both on and off the court, this extension provides the Celtics options at a reasonable number.