Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr. discuss Butler trade
From NBA Twitter and media reports
Josh Richardson’s time with the Miami Heat has reportedly come to an unexpected end with the reported four-team sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler, but there are no hard feelings from the four-year veteran.
“I was taken off guard,” Richardson told WPLG’s Will Manso of his trade to the Philadelphia 76ers. “Once I talked to coach, I was really excited … I don’t know if I’d be in the NBA if the Heat hadn’t drafted me and given me a chance. I’ll forever be grateful.”
Only on @WPLGLocal10 at 11pm. I chatted with the Heat’s Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr tonight about the wild weekend that included the trade of Josh Richardson and the addition of Jimmy Butler. I also talked to J-Rich about the trade. (Thread coming with quotes)… pic.twitter.com/1wWdJ4rqOm
— Will Manso (@WillManso) July 3, 2019
Manso also interviewed Derrick Jones Jr. — who was reportedly included in an unsuccessful three-team version of the trade — and Bam Adebayo who are adjusting to an on-the-fly roster revamp that ultimately also included Hassan Whiteside moving to Portland with Meyers Leonard incoming.
DJJ told me he really thought he was traded for a moment: “I saw my name so yeah I was worried. But at the end of the day I’m not going anywhere. I love it here and they love me here.” He added on Butler, “We lost one of our brothers. We gained an all-star caliber player.”
Adebayo mentioned being with Richardson as the swingman found out he’d been dealt, which proved bittersweet even as Whiteside’s exit clears a path for Adebayo to build further upon a strong finish to his second season with the Heat. After the All-Star break, the 6-foot-10 big averaged 11.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks in just 26.0 minutes across 26 games.