Raptors Trade Malachi Richardson To Sixers

2:03pm: The trade is official, the Sixers and Raptors have confirmed in press releases.

1:43pm: A pair of Atlantic Division rivals have agreed to a trade one day after playing each other, reports Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter link). According to Pompey, the Sixers are acquiring shooting guard Malachi Richardson from the Raptors, along with a 2022 second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic. Toronto will receive cash considerations in return.

Richardson, 23, was acquired by the Raptors at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for Bruno Caboclo in a cost-cutting move, and this deal appears financially motivated as well. Toronto is over the luxury tax threshold for 2018/19, and will reduce its projected end-of-season tax bill by moving off Richardson’s $1,569,360 salary.

In parts of two seasons with the Raptors, Richardson appeared in just 23 games (4.7 MPG), averaging 1.4 PPG and 0.6 RPG in his very limited role. After trading him away, Toronto will have just 13 players on its 15-man roster and will have two weeks to get back up to the league-mandated minimum of 14 players.

The Raptors could make another trade before Monday’s deadline to add a 14th player, or could explore the buyout market later in the month for a veteran. Signing a player to a 10-day contract would also be an option, albeit just a temporary one — the club would have to get back up to 14 players again at some point once a 10-day deal expires.

As for the Sixers, they still have an open roster spot after letting Corey Brewer‘s second 10-day contract expire this week, so they won’t have to make a corresponding move to make room for Richardson. It’s not clear if the club envisions the former Syracuse standout filling that 15th roster spot for the rest of the season or if he’ll be waived at some point.

Preldzic, the 57th overall pick in the 2009 draft, appears unlikely to ever make the leap to the NBA at this point, so if the 76ers don’t have plans for Richardson, it looks like the 2022 draft pick will be the “prize” of this minor deal for Philadelphia.

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13 thoughts on “Raptors Trade Malachi Richardson To Sixers

  1. dustyceltics

    So the Raptors got Richardson from the Raptors last year for Bruno Caboclo?

  2. stevep-4

    Wow cannot wait to see what Emir Pretzelneck will do when he finally gets some NBA burn.

  3. I think this is funny. The Lakers play at Boston tomorrow night (8pm eastern on TNT) after the trade deadline. Wonder if Ainge and Magic will talk? Wonder If LeBron and Shaq will talk? Shaq said the Lakers should trade LeBron to the Pelicans.

    • Wonder if that snake Rich Paul will be there? He’ll have to face Ainge eventually. Wonder if Kyrie and LeBron about how they are getting along with their teammates?

  4. Z-A

    7-ft wingspan. Didnt give up.l anything to see if the kid could stick as a defensive sub. If not, moving on.

  5. rxbrgr

    Iā€™m surprised they punted on the Saric trade exception 24 hrs in advance of the deadline (or next offseason). Seems it could have been used for something a bit more helpful now or later.

  6. formerlyz

    That 2022 pick could matter, as that’s the first year anticipated for the high school players

  7. Coach Him

    76ers are taking calls on Fultz. Anyone think they move him and if so what would come in return?

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