Along with Jared Dudley, in exchange for Raja Bell, Sean Singletary and Boris Diaw.
dbdynasty is the Suns insider on the RealGM forum; he broke news of the Shaq trade weeks before it happened, and he provided constant updates on the D'Antoni situation this offseason.
The salaries match:
Richardson is spectacular on offense, and a great 3 PT marksmen last year, so he'll help spread the floor, but according to Hollinger's scouting report, he's an atrocious defender.
I really, really love Raja Bell and Boris Diaw. Raja is part of the heart of this team, and he can still ball, even though he's become inconsistent and his defense has clearly suffered. Boris Diaw is exceptionally talented, and he's put it together this year to become a valued role player and a great guy off the bench. He's our second best post player and our best post defender IMO. Without Boris, we're left with Amundson and Fropez as our backup bigs....not a good sign.
We should trade Tragic before we trade Singletary as well, but I do like Jared Dudley quite a bit.
[Note by Phoenix Stan, 12/10/08 3:04 PM PST ]
On the surface I don't like this trade. I am all for moving Bell because we have depth there so replacing him with a shooting guard that needs the ball doesn't make much sense. JRich can ball but I don't see him as a good fit on the Suns right now.
If we are going to make a move we need a backup PG and/or a backup Center. Our two deepest positions are the shooting guard / small forward. Why would we want more of those?
So I vote no unless there's more to this.
[Note by Phoenix Stan, 12/10/08 3:16 PM PST ]
Looks like my vote counts for crap. Seems official: