Heat’s Richardson: At first, trade rumors ‘hard to ignore’

Swingman Josh Richardson has been mentioned as a player who could potentially be on his way to the Timberwolves.

What’s it like to hear your name in trade rumors? For Miami Heat swingman Josh Richardson, it’s not necessarily a big deal these days.

But at first, he admitted it wasn’t easy.

Richardson, of course, has been the biggest Heat prize mentioned in the team’s talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered on star swingman Jimmy Butler.

“For like the first hour, I was hearing from everyone,” Richardson said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “But after that, it is what it is. I don’t get too much into it. When it first came out a little bit, yeah, it was hard to ignore.”

The Heat and Timberwolves reportedly came close to pulling off a deal a few weeks back. Miami is said to be Butler’s preferred destination — but the Timberwolves supposedly are driving a hard bargain.

That has made Heat president Pat Riley back off trade talks for the time being. Part of that could be because Richardson is looking pretty good lately, and has sort of become this band of Heat’s new frontman.

Richardson, 25, is averaging 24.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in his first two games.

“I pretty much embrace it now,” Richardson said of his leading role. “I had a whole summer of it and at times it was like that last year. So I’m pretty much used to it.”