Nick Young’s Play Could Bump Richardson to the Bench
When Jason Richardson is ready to come back from his knee injury, he could find himself coming off the bench behind Nick Young.
The Sixers are 3-1 with Nick Young as the starting shooting guard, and his offensive is helping the Sixers avoid the slow starts that have plagued them all season. Bringing Richardson off the bench could be a way to effectively limit his minutes in order to keep him healthy.
Since Young took over the starting shooting guard spot, he's averaging 17.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.3 3-pointers in 36 minutes per game. With Young starting, and Richardson back soon, one has to wonder if the Sixers are trying to deal Dorrell Wright who has really never fit into the team's rotation.
Wright is an expiring contract that is making $4.1 million dollars and could be an attractive option to a team that is looking for some scoring off-the-bench. Wright has been playing behind starting shooting guard Nick Young and backup Damien Wilkins as the Sixers look to have more of a defensive minded approach with the second unit.
Richardson still has two years remaining on his current contract and at 32 years of age, its highly unlikely that the Sixers would be able to include him in any deal, making Wright one of the most logical trade options.