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Spurs: Ranking Top 5 free agents from Texas NBA teams

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4. Josh Richardson - Dallas Mavericks

After starting for much of the season in Dallas, Josh Richardson came off the bench and saw his minutes plummet from 30 to 13 in the postseason against the LA Clippers. Still, he averaged a respectable 12.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game through 59 regular season games.

The big question surrounding Richardson's future in Dallas will revolve around why he sat so much in the first round of the playoffs. Was it simply a matchup problem that forced the benching? Or was the late emergence of Tim Hardaway Jr. too big too ignore regardless of Richardson's solid play?

The answer to that is important, as Richardson has an $11.6 million player option to return to Dallas for the 2021-22 season. If he believes he's easily replaceable and could continue to see diminished court time, that may factor into him declining and testing the NBA markets elsewhere.

After Josh's scoring output dipped to the lowest its been since 2016-17 and he matched as career-low in 3-point percentage (33), he may not do any better with another team than $11.6 million.

Is the real Josh Richardson the guy who averaged 15.3 points on 35.1 percent shooting from deep from 2018-20? Or has he hit a wall at age 27?

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