Elton Brand clearly isn’t done wheeling and dealing.
After pulling off his second blockbuster trade in the last three months very early Wednesday morning (see story), Brand has made a minor move.
The Sixers acquired guard Malachi Richardson from the Toronto Raptors along with a 2022 second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic in exchange for cash considerations.
It’s a little difficult to decipher why either team would make this move. Perhaps the Raptors were looking to clear a roster spot and the Sixers had interest in Richardson.
Richardson, a native of Trenton, New Jersey, is a somewhat intriguing wing. He’s just 23 and was a first-round pick in 2016. A one-and-done at Syracuse, he helped lead the Orangemen on a Cinderella run to the Final Four. Funny enough, he was drafted by the Hornets but was then part of a draft-night trade to the Kings for former Sixer Marco Belinelli.
Richardson has played in just 70 games and averaged 8.9 minutes a contest over the course of his three NBA seasons. Richardson has appeared in 22 NBA games for Toronto this season, in addition to 12 contests with the team’s G-League affiliate, where he’s posted 20.8 points a game and is shooting 39 percent from three.
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