Josh Richardson has agreed to sign for the Miami Heat on a 3-year, $2.5 million rookie deal on Tuesday, according to sources. Richardson is the 40th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
6-foot-6 Richardson’s contract is fully guaranteed for the first year, partially guaranteed for the second season, as revealed by sources with knowledge of the deal.
Miami traded Shabazz Napier to Orlando Magic and Zoran Dragic to the Celtic to reduce luxury tax levels and create free space in the roster.
Richardson, out of University of Tennessee, “left off mock drafts to selected and a guaranteed NBA contract,” according to Real GM.
Richardson rose on draft boards of the NBA organizations after his workout session in home town Oklahoma City during the pre-draft processes.
In Vegas during summer league Richardson averaged 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 assists in 10 games featuring in both guard positions.
The 21-year-old’s performance in the summer league made an impact on the Miami Heat think-tank, who roped him in to perform as defensive end and gear up in their back-court role in future.
Richardson had averages of 16 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as a senior at Tennessee University.