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Report: Heat’s Josh Richardson tears MCL in practice

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Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson partially tore the MCL in his right knee during a Friday workout, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Richardson’s timetable for a return is currently unknown.

Richardson became the league’s most impactful second-round rookie last season for Miami, as he played in 52 games (two of which he started) and put up 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. He saw his playing time increase down the stretch as injuries riddled the Heat roster, yet Richardson became a strength, draining 46.1 percent of his three-pointers in 21.3 minutes per game.

A former three-star high school basketball recruit out of Edmond, Oklahoma, Richardson went on to play at Tennessee for his college ball. A two-time All-SEC Defensive Team selection, he also earned First-Team All-SEC honors his senior year when he averaged 16.0 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Volunteers.

Richardson suited up for the Heat’s Summer League team after being taken with the 40th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. In 10 games, he averaged 11.8 points and 2.8 rebounds, good enough to convince Miami brass to allow him to start the season with the Heat off the bench. He made a nice impact in the postseason, when he played in 14 games for Miami, averaging 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds off the bench.

With franchise cornerstone Dwyane Wade having left for Chicago, Richardson figured to see a prominent role with the Heat coming into the 2016-17 season. Hopefully the youngster won’t miss any regular-season games, but if he does the Heat have the newly re-signed Tyler Johnson and free-agent pickups Dion Waiters and Wayne Ellington in place at shooting guard.

Report: Heat’s Josh Richardson tears MCL in practice

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