Last but not least, Josh Richardson might have become a deeply regrettable missed opportunity for the Cavaliers. In his eight-year career thus far, Richardson has earned a reputation as an exemplary 3-and-D wing on every team he’s joined.
Most recently, Richardson played for both the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2022-23 season. He averaged 11.8 points and shot 36.5 percent from deep on 4.5 attempts per game. Richardson gives teams a glue guy and veteran leader. His determined defense and consistency on offense could have made him a perfect late signing for Cleveland.
Instead, Richardson joined the Miami Heat on a two-year veteran minimum deal. Considering Cleveland’s financial flexibility this summer, they could have easily signed Richardson to a better contract than Miami. Richardson joined the Heat two days prior to Ty Jerome’s deal with Cleveland. If the Cavs managed it, they could have split their Bi-Annual Exception between both players or offered the full BAE to Richardson.
Ignoring Richardson this summer could be a serious mistake by the Cavaliers, as they are a team that would benefit from a veteran wing’s contributions.
Ultimately, the Cavs made great strides toward improvement this summer, and with another year of growth for their young core, they will be in a great position for a deep playoff push. The Cavaliers can still improve where they sit fit via trade mid-season while they continue their journey toward contention.
With the team’s growth and Darius Garland and Evan Mobley emerging as some of the league’s best young stars, the Cavaliers are primed for a fantastic rebound after their early dismissal from the postseason.