Well, it certainly isn't a blockbuster Anthony Davis deal, nor is it some bench-re-tooling to keep pace with Philly, but this... this is something:
Sixers acquire Malachi Richardson, Toronto’s 2022 second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic in exchange for cash considerations in trade with the Raptors, according to sources— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 6, 2019
Malachi Richardson is going to Philly, and the Raptors are getting back... some cash. Philly also gets Emir Preldzic’s rights. Emir Preldzic?
Alas, poor Malachi. Forever to be known as the guy who cost less than Bruno Caboclo, even that paltry amount (about $1.5 million) was too rich for the Raptors to hang on to him any longer.
So, the Raptors save a few dollars and open a roster spot up.
Richardson wasn’t in any plans, and even replacing him with a minimum contract saves $241K under the tax. If they wait the full 14 days to replace him (unlikely) they could save another $500K+.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) February 6, 2019
Hopeful me says that roster spot is for another deal, soon to be consummated. Pessimistic me says the team will just bring up one of their two-way players and not spend any more money.
Richardson appeared in 22 games with the Raptors this season, averaging just under five minutes a game and scoring 1.4 points on 31% shooting. He also appeared in 12 games with the Raptors 905, where, in 35 minutes a night, he scored almost 21 points per game on 41% shooting.
Emir Preldzec, on the other hand, has played exclusively in Europe, and I don’t see his NBA debut coming anytime soon. He’s 31 years old!
Consider the needle... not moved.