New Orleans Pelicans avoid a possible buyout situation by sending veteran JJ Redick to Dallas Mavericks before the NBA Trade deadline. Not only Redick, but Pelicans also sent forward Nicolo Melli to Dallas Mavericks for forwards James Johnson and Wes Iwundu as well as second pick 2021 pick.
JJ Redick has been suffering from a right heel injury and has not played since March 3. Redick has $13 million remaining on a two-year deal he signed with New Orleans in 2019. Ever since the All-Star break, Redick underwent a nonsurgical procedure on the injury and has not been with the team since.
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The 36-year-old is shooting a career-low 36.4% from 3-point range this season. But a lot of that has to do with an unusually slow start. Redick shot 29.8% in the first 16 games of the season but he’s been shooting 46.4% in the 15 games since.
New Orleans scoured the market for a possible deal for JJ Redick and avoided a situation where he would have hit the buyout market by making a last-minute deal before the deadline hit.
Talking about the other players involved in the trade, Melli, who has struggled shooting this year for the Pelicans, is in the final year of his contract. Johnson is in the final year of his deal paying him $15.8 million and gives the Pelicans depth in the frontcourt.
The Dallas Mavericks would surely be proud of this trade as they can finally get Luka Doncic more and more leverage having a veteran like JJ Redick coming into the team, especially when the season is approaching its business end with such pace.