The Boston Celtics have been probably the most energetic groups all through the 2021 offseason and that pattern continued early this week as swingman Josh Richardson agreed to signal a one-year extension with the Celtics that may pay him $24 million over the following two season, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
Richardson was initially due $11.6 million on the remaining season of his contract.
When taking a look at Boston’s roster, the presence of Jaylen Brown, Marcus Good (who additionally just lately agreed to an extension), Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford makes it clear that Richardson gained’t be assured on minutes on the wing. Whereas Brown and Good are mainstays, valued for his or her seismic contributions to the Celtics’ offense and protection, Nesmith and Langford are two promising wings who began to return on robust for Boston late final season and continued to shine in Summer season League play.
In the meantime, Richardson is coming off of a troublesome two-year stretch offensively that’s seen him taking part in for a brand new staff every season. His veteran expertise, gritty mindset and defensive skill stays unquestioned however his consistency as an out of doors shooter (33.5 % capturing from 3-point vary over the previous two seasons) has been.
For the Celtics, who didn’t carry again sharpshooter Evan Fournier this offseason (as he signed with the New York Knicks), the wing who shoots the most effective might change into essentially the most precious participant they’ve off the bench. Notably if they’ve the size and defensive chops to defend a number of positions, as Richardson does.
Considered from that lens, ought to Boston really feel snug with Richardson’s 3-point capturing, locking a participant together with his potential influence in for a further season ought to seen as a shrewd transfer.