Sources: Heat guard Josh Richardson has partially torn MCL

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5500/" data-ylk="slk:Josh Richardson">Josh Richardson</a> played 52 games for the Heat last season. (Getty)
Josh Richardson played 52 games for the Heat last season. (Getty)

Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson has sustained a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee, league sources told The Vertical.

Richardson suffered the knee injury in workouts on Friday, sources said, and the timetable for his return will be based on the rehab process.

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Following a promising rookie season, Richardson, 22, was expected to compete for the Heat’s starting shooting guard position in training camp after the departure of Dwyane Wade to Chicago. Richardson averaged 6.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 46.1 percent from 3-point range in 52 games last season.

Richardson was a solid perimeter defender, athletic finisher and improving shooter a season ago and continued to sharpen his ball handling in the offseason in preparation for an increased role in 2016-17.

Richardson played through a strained shoulder in Miami’s 14-game run to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season and averaged 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, giving coach Erik Spoelstra a steady guard off the bench.

The Heat selected Richardson out of Tennessee with the No. 40 selection in the 2015 NBA draft.

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