Former Tennessee men’s basketball standout Josh Richardson got an opportunity to produce more in his second season in South Beach, and he did just that.
Now the Miami Heat are prepared to lock up Richardson with a multi-year extension.
On Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that sources told ESPN the two sides are nearing a 4-year, $42 million deal.
Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson is finalizing a 4-year, $42M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 13, 2017
Richardson, taken in the second round with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, saw a significant bump in playing time with the Heat after one year with the franchise.
After only starting two games as a rookie, Richardson did so in 34 last season. He also went from 21.3 minutes per game to 30.5. As a result, Richardson scored 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Edmond, Okla. native played four seasons in Tennessee and stood out as a senior. In 2014-15, Richardson started all 32 games and led the Vols in nearly every major statistical category: scoring (16.0 PPG), FG pct (46.1), FT pct (79.8), APG (3.6), SPG (2.1) and minutes played (36.3).
That campaign earned him All-SEC First Team and SEC All-Defensive Team honors.