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Josh Richardson hasn’t been mentioned much this offseason, but he’s likely to fill a meaningful role for the Philadelphia 76ers.
All he has to do is replace Jimmy Butler and J.J. Redick.
Actually, no one expected Richardson to replace Butler, who Richardson was traded for in the Sixers’ sign-and-trade deal with the Miami Heat.
But the 76ers do have high hopes for Richardson, who got off to a strong start last season and finished the year with averages of 16.6 points and 4.1 assists in 73 regular-season games.
“I’m super excited,” Richardson told Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer from the Las Vegas Summer League.
As Pompey noted, Richardson joins a talented cast that will include big men Joel Embiid and fellow newcomer Al Horford, as well as guard Ben Simmons and small forward Tobias Harris.
“I think I can space the floor for guys like Ben and Joel to work,” Richardson told Pompey. “I think I bring a defensive presence on guards and just a good work ethic really and a good locker-room guy. I’ve always been a glue guy on every team I’ve been on. So I think I can bring some good chemistry to the team.”
The 76ers are coming off a loss to the defending champion Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals, losing in seven games on a last-second shot by the since-departed Kawhi Leonard.
With Leonard off to the Los Angeles Clippers, the 76ers are among the teams that feel like they have a real chance to emerge from what appears to be a wide-open East. Richardson is undoubtedly one reason why.