The ​Toronto Raptors and ​Philadelphia 76ers are Atlantic Division foes and both are fighting for top seeds in the Eastern Conference, but the two teams have come together on a trade.


According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers are acquiring guard Malachi Richardson, a 2022 second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic for cash considerations.

Richardson was dealt to the Raptors​ last year at the trade deadline from the Sacramento Kings. In 22 games this season, the 23-year-old has averaged just 1.4 points and 0.6 rebounds in 4.7 minutes per game.

​​With the trade, the Raptors now have just 13 players on their roster instead of the required 14. They'll have two weeks to fill that roster spot, and they could do so by making another trade before the deadline, explore the buyout market later this month, or give out a 10-day contract.


For the 76ers, Richardson's proven to be nothing more than a fringe player in the NBA, but he does add depth at guard.