Who is Josh Richardson and why do the Wolves want him so badly?
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By Jakeapaynting

Unless you have been living under the world’s largest rock, you should know the Timberwolves and Heat have been deadlocked in Jimmy Butler trade negotiations for the past few weeks.

Reports of offers from both sides have flown around by the dozen since the 29-year-old requested to be moved. One thing that seems to be a constant is the Wolves’ desire for Miami wing Josh Richardson to be included in the deal. So, why is the 25-year-old so highly coveted by Tom Thibodeau and Glen Taylor? Let’s dig a little deeper into his game.

Offensively, Richardson excels off the ball. He appears to be a perfect fit for the Wolves who roll out a bunch of ball-dominant scorers.

Whether it is staying ready on the perimeter for a spot-up 3-point attempt, coming off a hand-off with a burst of speed and a soft touch, or slashing through the paint and putting his athleticism and nifty finishing ability to good use; Richardson punishes defenses regularly.

On his 4.6 catch-and-shoot tries per game, the 6-foot-6 combo wing finished with a very respectable 55.1 percent effective field goal percentage. When he receives the ball and the opposition prevent his scoring prowess, Richardson has decent passing vision and is willing to use it. He finished his third season averaging a career-best 2.9 assists per game, notching five or more dimes in 18 different...



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