Sources: The Pelicans are focusing on northeast teams — 76ers, Nets, Celtics — as potential trade destination for 15-year veteran JJ Redick.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 31, 2021
Charania also reported that Redick has a strong preference to be traded to a Northeast team as his family resides in Brooklyn, New York. He went on to mention that talks are fluid and there is no deal imminent at the moment.
Redick — along with the Pelicans — has struggled to start the new NBA season. He failed to log any minutes in the past two games, with the reasoning being a “Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision”. One can speculate that he won’t suit up for the Pelicans until a deal is finalized to avoid injury of any kind.
This season hasn’t been kind to Redick when he has played, however. He’s having one of the worst seasons in his entire career and just couldn’t find a grove in newly hired coach Stan Van Gundy’s system. He’s shooting just 33.6 percent from the field and under 30 percent from behind the arc.
While it seems like father time has finally gotten to JJ Redick, at least if this slump continues, he still is a very dangerous shooter that can hit from anywhere. You can safely bank on his shooting percentages rising with time. While his shooting numbers are down and he is an impending unrestricted free agent, that probably won’t alter the trade market too much for him. Every team in the NBA is looking to add shooting to its roster and it’s no surprise that two teams lacking depth — Brooklyn and Boston — seem to be in the mix for Redick.
It’s a bit of a surprise to hear that the Sixers are in the mix for Redick at this point in time. They have Seth Curry, who is on a great contract for the next three seasons. There is a ton of overlap when comparing Curry and Redick’s games. It remains to be seen if Daryl Morey is doing his due-diligence or if there is serious interest on the Sixers’ side of things.
It couldn’t hurt to add another shooter to a roster built around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. However, the Sixers have limited assets in which they can use to improve the roster. Redick’s asking price is unknown at this point, but it’s a bit of a surprise to see that the Sixers are willing to dig into their treasure chest to reacquire the sharpshooter. The roster still needs some wing defenders, and a stretch big of some kind. While adding Redick would certainly help he wouldn’t address either of those needs.
On the plus side of things, the move would bring Joel Embiid a close friend and coveted teammate back to the franchise. Redick and Embiid developed great chemistry with their time together. There’s also a close connection between Redick and the Sixers’ new head coach, Doc Rivers. Redick put together some of his best seasons under Doc Rivers while playing for the LA Clippers. Rivers and Morey have been vocal about working together, and Rivers’ word may sway Morey to pull the trigger on a deal if he wants to bring back Redick.
It seems like the Pelicans will be looking to do a deal sooner rather than later involving JJ Redick, so we will see if he’s in for a second stint in the City of Brotherly Love. We will keep you posted on this story.